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What are the first 2 steps you should take after a wreck?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The fault of another driver can involve you in a motor vehicle accident. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, 190,783 crashes were reported in 2020. 

Examples of causes of accidents are distracted driving, drunk driving, violating traffic laws, drowsy driving and improper lane changing. You should be prepared if you are in a crash to avoid costly mistakes. Here is what you should do right away:

1. Call the police

The first thing to do after an accident is to call 911. If you can’t, ask someone around to do so. Do not leave the scene even if it’s a minor crash. Police officers will do their best to arrive on time and get you urgent medical care if you need it. They will document the scene in-depth, including vehicle damage, injuries and property damage. Additionally, they will collect personal details from witnesses and record their statements. 

The officers will provide you with a police report number. It will be helpful to request the name and badge number of the officer who files the report. 

2. Gather information

Before the police arrive, some things might change. For this reason, if possible, take pictures of the scene, both cars and your injuries. Take the contact information of any witnesses. 

You should generally avoid speaking to the other driver. If you must, keep the discussion to a minimum. Do not apologize, comment about the extent of damage or injuries, discuss who was at fault or negotiate. That could come back to haunt you in the future if you make a claim. After gathering the needed facts, go back to your car and wait for the police.

The chances of getting in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver’s actions can be higher. Being informed helps you make the right moves that can favor your claim and help you get the compensation you are due.