No matter how safely you attempt to drive, the possibility of an accident remains. In the state of Connecticut alone, thousands of car accidents occur every year. While these incidents may cause distress, try to remain calm and follow these steps if you are ever involved in a motor vehicle crash.
Get out of harm’s way
Your first priority after a car crash should be to remove yourself from the vehicle and from the road, if you can do so safely. This does not mean that you should leave the scene. Always remain at the scene of the crash, unless emergency medical services take you to a hospital. Fleeing the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges and jail time.
Check for injuries
Make sure you and the passengers in the motor vehicle accident did not sustain harm. Car accidents can cause severe injuries, and you may need to call 911 immediately if any occur.
Exchange contact information
If both you and the other drivers remain conscious, you should exchange important information such as:
• Contact information
• Insurance details
• Driver’s license numbers
If anyone witnessed the car accident, you should try to obtain their names and contact information as well.
Contact the police
In the state of Connecticut, you must call the police after a motor vehicle accident. Remaining at the scene is required by law, but it may also provide you with much-needed evidence in the form of an accident report. The report may help you when you file an insurance claim.
Do not divulge too much information
Try not to apologize during questioning, and only answer questions when you must. Any questions asked by the other driver’s insurance company can be used against you if you choose to file a lawsuit, and you have the right to decline to talk to them.
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