Thousands of car accidents occur each year in Georgia. If you are involved in a car accident there are certain things you can do to protect yourself. First, take a deep breath and calm down. You will understandably be shaken up. Your adrenaline is running at an all-time high and if you stop and take a deep breath you will be able to make better decisions and think more clearly. Ensure that you and your passengers are safe and check for injuries.
Second, when calling the police, speak clearly and concisely and give as much detail about your location and injuries as possible to the dispatcher. Even if there are no serious injuries, it is always a good idea to call the police. You will most likely need a police report when reporting the accident to your insurance company. Try to keep the vehicles where they are unless they block traffic. If you are not able to get out of the car for whatever reason, keep your seat belt on. Next turn off the car and put on your hazard lights.
When the police arrive be sure to tell them exactly what happened to the best of your knowledge. If you don’t know certain facts or do not remember, be sure to inform the officer. If you are asked if you are injured and you are not sure, tell the officer that you are not sure rather than simply saying no. More often than not the pain from an auto accident occurs several hours after the actual wreck. You should seek medical attention at your local emergency room or make an appointment with your primary care physician.
If your cell phone has a camera, try to take pictures of the vehicles involved if there is visible damage. Be sure to take pictures of the scene of the accident including any skid marks and debris that may be on the roadway. If you have visible injuries, take pictures of them as well.
It is important to notify your insurance company as soon as possible when being involved in an accident regardless if you were at fault or not. Also, find out if you have medical payments coverage on your policy to assist with your medical bills.
Finally, one of the most important things you can do after being involved in a car accident is to consult an attorney. An attorney can protect your rights and advise you on issues relating to giving a statement to the insurance company and making sure you get fully compensated for your injuries.