What to do if a distracted driver hits your car

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

Getting into a car accident is a traumatic experience. Unfortunately, it happens all to often and for many reasons, including because of drivers who are distracted or not paying attention.

If you are a driver, you need to know exactly what to do if you get into an accident. We have come up with a plan for you so you know what to expect and what you should do to protect yourself and your interests.

Right after the accident

Let’s go over the first steps you should take right after the accident. At first, you will feel a sense of shock if you are conscious, and hopefully everyone involved in the accident will be safe.

Call the police

The very first thing you must do after an accident, whether you think it is minor or major, is call the police.

If you are injured or see anyone who is, even if it is the person who hit your car, make sure you tell the person on the other end, so they can send help.

Seek medical attention

If you are injured, you should seek medical attention immediately. If anyone around you is injured, seek medical attention for them immediately.

Seek a safer place

If you are able to do so, drive to the side of the road or a parking lot nearby where you can continue to take the necessary steps while also considering the safety and security of other drivers who may still be driving through that area.

Exchange information

If you and the other driver are conscious and able, exchange information immediately. Gather the other party’s full name, phone number, occupation, insurance information and driver’s license number. If you can get their address, that is an additional detail that can help you.

Document everything

Again, if you are conscious and able to do so, document everything. This means that, if you have a smartphone on you, take photos and videos of the scene, starting in the place where the accident happened.

While it is fine to move the vehicles to a safer location, getting photos and videos of the exact scene of the accident right after it happens can be helpful.

Take note of anything the other party says. If they apologize, tell you that they were eating, admit to being distracted and not seeing your car, or say anything else, make sure you write it down.

Also, if there are witnesses, ask them to recount what happened and what they said. If possible, ask them to write it down and ask for their contact information.

After the accident

When you are able to safely do so, consult with a personal injury attorney, and give them all the information you have.

If possible, speak with them before you contact the other party’s insurance company.

Make a file

Create a file of all the evidence you have. From the police report, witness statements, cell phone records, photos and videos, you want to have as much information as you can and give it to your attorney.

This is critical because it can make or break your case. If you are injured and cannot work, for example, or have medical bills, you may be entitled to compensation.

You deserve that compensation and should allow an attorney to advocate for you in a court of law if they cannot reach a reasonable agreement with the insurance company.

In conclusion, while the aftermath of a car accident can be complete chaos, knowing what to do and what steps to take can help you not only recover faster but also seek, and hopefully receive, compensation for your injuries.