The number of vehicles in the United States has increased gradually over the past few decades. This leads to a rise in the number of car accidents as well. Accidents might lead to severe physical injuries. It is important to know what you need to do in case you get into an accident.
You should never leave the scene of the accident. If others have sustained serious injuries, you could face felony hit and run charges for fleeing the scene. It would make you look guilty and your attorney might have problems defending you in court. It is better to stay at the scene and check on everyone else to make sure there are no serious injuries. In case someone is seriously injured, call an ambulance and the police.
The police will investigate the scene and make an initial report. You should ask for a copy of the report as well as the badge numbers of the reporting officers. It is important to exchange information with the other driver, but do not apologize as it could later be used against you. The next step is to inform the insurance company and tell them about the accident as well as the extent of the damage to your vehicle. You should never lie to your insurance provider because that could result in denial of coverage.
If you have been in an accident, it is important to hire an experienced attorney. The attorney will assess your case and might be able to get you compensated.