Auto accidents can be incredibly stressful, overwhelming, and potentially devastating. In the direct aftermath of an auto accident, it is common for people not to feel unmoored and not know what to do next.
There are several things that every person should know about what to do directly after a car crash.
Safety First. The number one most important thing in the direct aftermath of an accident is your physical wellbeing. If possible, make sure to get all vehicles involved—or at least all people involved—out of the road and away from oncoming cars or other potential sources of danger.
Contact the police and EMS. If you have just been in a car accident, you are going to want to call 911 and ask for the police (as well as EMS, if anyone is injured). It might not seem necessary to have the police present, but police reports often play a crucial role in auto accident personal injury cases. When the police arrive, cooperate with them and give them a clear, intelligible statement.
In some jurisdictions, the police may not respond to an accident call if there are no serious injuries. If that is the case, then you should make sure to file an accident report with your local police station and/or Department of Motor Vehicles.