What steps should you take after a motor vehicle accident?

When Scranton area residents are involved in motor vehicle accidents, the immediate aftermath can be a confusing and anxious time. For the most part, motor vehicle accidents only result in damage to the vehicles involved – those so-called “fender benders.” But, there is no doubt that many car accidents also involve injuries to the drivers and passengers in the vehicles, and sometimes those injuries can be severe. So, what steps should you take in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident?

The minutes, hours and days after an accident

First and foremost, all parties involved in the accident must stay at the scene. Yes, pulling out of traffic, if possible, is a good idea, but other than that all drivers and passengers should stay put. Law enforcement officials will probably be quickly dispatched to the scene and, in the case of accidents causing injuries, medical responders will be dispatched as well.

The parties involved should be sure to exchange contact and insurance information. If possible, taking photos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved and any injuries that occurred can be of crucial importance later on, if a personal injury lawsuit arises from the incident. Injured parties who are transported for medical care should be sure to keep good records of the treatment they receive, as well as keeping copies of all bills.

If liability for the car accident falls on the party who caused your injury, you may have legal action to consider in the aftermath of the collision. A personal injury lawsuit could result in an award of financial compensation. However, if such a path is to be pursued, the immediate aftermath of a car accident can be a crucial time, when potential case-winning evidence may be gathered.