What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Pennsylvania?

People are taught to drive so that they are safe on the road and avoid accidents. However, it is still possible for one to happen at any time on the road. It is because of this that it is crucial to know what to do when an accident happens. While people who have been driving for a long time may know, newer drivers may be overcome by the chaos of the situation. While this is understandable, it is important to stay calm and follow these steps:

Call the Police

If you are involved in a car accident, law enforcement should be contacted immediately. This should be done even if the other party tells you otherwise. Law enforcement can ensure the safety of the scene as well as draft an official police report, take witness statements, and conduct chemical tests if necessary. This information can all be useful to pursue a claim in the future.

Do Not Apologize

Often times, people want to apologize after an accident because they see it as the right thing to do. However, it is important to avoid doing so because it is sometimes seen as an admission of fault. Instead, you should be polite and contact the necessary emergency services.

Photo or Video of the Wreck

People involved in an accident should take pictures of the wreckage if the scene is safe. Doing so documents broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, and bloodstains that occurred during the accident. It is important to also document poor weather or road conditions. 

Record Important Details

No one should assume that law enforcement will gather all the necessary information for them. It is crucial to be proactive and do so yourself. This can consist of the names of any witnesses, their phone numbers, and registration information of all vehicles involved in the accident.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

People sometimes sustain injuries in accidents without realizing it. This is why it is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible, even if you feel fine at the moment. Emergency responders may conduct examinations on the scene, however, you should see a doctor for an official diagnosis. 

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