Car accidents come out of nowhere, often with no warning whatsoever or sometimes with just enough time to see what’s coming but not enough time to take evasive action. The ‘out of the blue’ nature of road accidents means we’re all left at least a little mentally and physically shaken, with some accidents resulting in more serious mental and physical injuries. This means that you may not be in the right frame of mind for making important decisions such as what to do in the immediate aftermath of a car crash. For example, if you have never experienced a road accident before, you may have heard that you are supposed to swap details with the other driver, and that you should call the police. This can leave you looking for a pencil and something to write on, all the while wondering if your injuries and anyone else’s injuries are severe, and whether you should call the emergency services first … everything will seem to happen so fast that you could feel like your head is spinning. So, let’s take a look at the actions you should bear in mind following a car accident (if you have been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, speak to a company like Dallas auto accident).

The first thing to do
Above all else, your safety is a priority. Stop the car as soon as possible and switch off your engine. Try to remember to turn on your ‘blinkers’ or ‘hazard lights’, to alert other cars that you are stationary. Now check for injuries, both to yourself and any passengers. Call the emergency services and try to remain calm - many people in road accidents become angry and irritated (the feeling is like being punched or kicked, which is enough to leave anyone in a bad mood). If the collision is minor and there are no injuries, you still need to inform the police for the sake of records and procedure (anybody else involved in the crash could later claim against you, meaning you need an official report of the incident that proves no such injury existed at the time). 

Importantly, do not apologise to any other people involved in the crash, as this could be used against you during the legal investigation into establishing liability.

Injuries aside, we turn to the next steps
This is the point at which you should exchange details with anyone else involved in the crash. Write down names, the model and colour of any other cars (including the registration), and note the time and date. Take pictures of the scene if you can.

Finally … speak to a personal injury lawyer, who can direct proceedings from here.