Immediately after a sudden and jarring car accident it is easy to become overwhelmed, scared or unsure of what to do next. How could a person possibly expect to be struck out of nowhere? The truth is that serious injuries or damages could be the result of this split-second accident. There are a few things Nevada drivers should keep in mind in case they or their family members were the victims of a vicious car accident.
Picture the situation you could one day find yourself in. After suddenly coming into contact with another vehicle you are dazed and unsure of exactly what just happen. This is the crucial five minute period after the accident where it is important to take correct steps in order to determine if your rights have been violated. The first crucial step is to ensure that you stay at the scene of the accident.
After you stick around, it is time to investigate further, if you are able. This is where it is important to assess your health and the health of your passengers to determine if anyone is in need of medical assistance. Then, be sure to contact the police to report the accident and any potential bodily injuries. If you are physically able, then, it is best to exchange information with the other driver, contact your insurance company and talk to anyone who witnessed the accident.
Witnesses may be able to corroborate your version of the accident. This is especially crucial if your rights have been violated when another driver was driving in a negligent manner at the time of the accident. Witnesses can help to shed light on the particulars of the accident that help you win your case. They aren't always necessary but any additional proof can help you recover for the wrongs you have endured.
Source: Findlaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed June 22, 2015