If you have been in a car accident, you may have severe injuries, you may be in shock, but you are definitely in a state of heightened mix emotions. There are several things you need to do at this moment, so it’s important to try to remain calm and take things one step at a time.
If you were directly involved in this accident, whether you think you caused it or not makes no difference if you flee the scene of the accident. It is illegal to flee the scene of an accident before a policeman arrives to take a report of the accident, particularly if anyone was injured or killed. If you leave the accident scene under these situations, you face strict criminal penalties for being a hit-and-run driver.
Check yourself and others out
Immediately following a car accident, you need to make sure you and others around you are ok. Check yourself for injuries and call an ambulance if you are unsure whether you or others have sustained any injuries. Symptoms for injuries may not begin to show for several days or weeks following this accident, as your body is now in a state of shock.
Take pictures of the accident scene
If you are OK to do so and have your camera or smartphone ready, take photographs of the scene of the accident quickly before the cops arrive and before moving the vehicles to the side of the road.