Driving a car is necessary for most people, but it can feel dangerous when there are constant reports of fatal crashes. No one wants to think about being in a motor vehicle accident, but it is important to know what you should do if you are ever confronted with this situation.
In Pennsylvania, there were over 104,000 reported car crashes in 2020, and over 1,100 people lost their lives. While not all accidents result in death, dealing with a serious injury can make a significant negative impact on your life. Here are the steps you should take if you are in an accident.
1. Move to safety
In some cases, people get injured after the initial car accident occurred because they did not move away from the scene. If possible, get off of the road so that you do not risk another vehicle hitting you or your car.
2. Document as much as you can
If you are able, take pictures of the accident, including your vehicle and the vehicle of the responsible party. You can use that documentation when you file an insurance claim as proof. You may even need it should you have to file a lawsuit against the other driver if your injury results in the inability to work.
3. Work with law enforcement
When law enforcement arrives at the scene, work with officers to create a full police report. That report will also come in handy should you need further proof for your insurance claim.
Injury or death caused by a motor vehicle accident can change your life, so prepare yourself for how you’ll handle this situation should you have to.