Fatalities from car accidents make the news, but plenty of people suffer intense injuries from these collisions every year who do not get the same attention from the media. In 2015 alone, over 19,000 people in Georgia sustained injuries from auto accidents, a significant increase from the previous few years.
Whether a traffic collision hurt you or not, it is vital to follow proper protocol in the immediate aftermath. There is valuable information you need to retrieve at the time, and if you fail to get it, it could seriously hurt a future claim.
Personal and contact information
After a crash, both drivers need to pull off to the side of the road. The driver of the vehicle needs to give the other his or her name, address and registration number. The other driver can take a picture of your insurance card to contact later if necessary. In the event that the other driver asks for your driver’s license, then you must provide it. In turn, you can ask for all this information from the other motorist. It is also a good idea to exchange email addresses and phone numbers, just in case. You want to be sure that you have a way to get in touch with this person in case he or she goes silent.
Pertinent details for the police
When the police arrive, you want to cooperate fully. You should give the cops a detailed explanation of what transpired, but you want to stick with the facts. You should never guess or exaggerate the incident because that could come back to haunt you if this case goes to court. If the police ask you a question that you are unsure of the answer to, then you can respond, “I do not know.” After this, you are within your rights to ask the police to read back the report to you. This allows you to correct any mistakes on the spot.