It’s normal to feel flustered after being in a car accident. Whether it’s your first accident or you’ve been in several, feelings of panic or confusion can take over and cause you to forget what you should do next. Preparing yourself now is a great way to improve your recall so you know what to do after a collision. Here are three steps you should take after your car accident.
1. Check for Injuries
The first thing you should do is calmly check yourself and any passengers for injuries. If you’re not injured or only have minor injuries, check the occupants in the other vehicle. Throughout the process, take deep breaths and move slowly and deliberately. If there are any injuries, call an ambulance immediately and get yourself to a safe space. The police should also be called whether there are injuries or not.
2. Have Your Injuries Assessed
Even if you don’t have noticeable injuries, you could have hidden damage. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with car accidents. Visit a chiropractor if you notice any neck or back discomfort in the days, weeks or months following your accident. There are many benefits of chiropractic care, including restored flexibility to your joints and muscles. Your chiropractor can also bring your spine back into proper alignment if the vertebrae were wrenched out of place during your accident.
3. Notify Your Insurer
If possible, call your insurance agent while you’re still at the scene of the car accident. He or she will be able to tell you what steps you need to take to process your claim. Don’t forget to also take down the insurance information of the other person involved in the collision.
Following these steps will help ensure your safety after a car accident. Recite them often so you can recall them easily in the hectic aftermath of a collision.