Being involved in a car accident can shake you up to the point that you have trouble remembering what to do afterward. One thing that might help you in this position is to have something written up in your vehicle that you can refer to after this type of incident. Brushing up on the steps you should take after a crash is another option that you might find helpful.
Some of the most basic things to remember include calling the police so an officer can file an accident report. This is required in many instances, including if there are injuries. If anyone who is injured, let the emergency dispatchers know that you need medical care on the scene.
We know that you may want to make statements right then while everything is fresh in you mind. While it is important to give a factual account to the police, you must choose your words carefully. You don't want to say anything that the officer or anyone else around the scene consider to be your taking the blame for the crash. Any statements to that effect can work against you if you choose to seek compensation after the crash.
In a recent blog post, we discussed how to preserve evidence in the car crash. This is also important, so take the time to photograph any evidence at the accident scene. Finally, you will need to contact the insurance company who will be responsible for the damages. Ensure that you are protecting your interests at this point, since they will usually make a low-ball offer.