When Colorado drivers like you get into a crash, you should know what to do right away. Your actions in the immediate aftermath may impact how your case gets handled in the future.
To that end, you must look at the steps taken after a crash. This ranges from the exact moment after the crash, to the follow up.
First steps to take
U.S. News discusses the steps to take after getting into a car crash. The first step is to pull over. At this point, you may wish to call 911. Next, get the other driver’s insurance and contact information. But only do this if you feel safe. In some situations, another driver involved in a crash may express anger. If you feel like it would endanger you to talk to them, stay in your car and wait for the police to show up.
After that, make sure to get a police report. If you did not contact police, you can get a report later. But the suggestion is to get the report as soon as possible. You should also report the crash to the DMV if necessary.
Conduct yourself carefully
Keep your words limited. Anything you say after a crash may end up used against you if you go to court. Also, take as many pictures of the crash scene as you can. Gather witnesses if possible. This helps pinpoint things like location and direction. It gives a stronger picture of the overall situation, too. By following these steps, you may avoid some of the confusion that often accompanies crashes.