The roadways in and around Pittsburgh are well known for being among the busiest in the entire country. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling on the parkway or one of the many hills that surround the city, you know that there are always other vehicles in close proximity.
Unfortunately, due to no fault of your own, you could be part of an accident at some point.
If this happens, you must know which steps to take (and what to avoid). Here are some things you should do after a car crash:
- Check yourself and your passengers for injuries
- Move your vehicle to safety, such as to the shoulder of the road
- Call 911, as you want police and an ambulance to arrive as quickly as possible
- Don’t do anything until help arrives, especially if you are dealing with any type of injury
- Exchange information with the other parties, as long as you are feeling well enough to do so
- Document the finer details of the accident, which may mean taking photos of the scene
- Contact your insurance company to let them know what is going on
While all of these steps are important, you can never overlook your health and well-being. You need to receive immediate treatment for your injuries, knowing that if you don’t it could worsen in the hours and days to come.
Once you receive treatment and have a clear idea of your long-term prognosis, you can turn your attention to the next steps in the process. This typically means working with your insurance company and learning more about your legal rights.
You need to learn more about the accident, including who was at fault. This will give you a better idea of what you should do next, as well as the steps you can take to receive the compensation you deserve.
The aftermath of a car accident can be stressful, but moving forward one step at a time will put your mind in a better place.