What To Do After a Car Accident in Pennsylvania

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September 9, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

When people receive a license to drive, it means they were taught how to operate a vehicle safely so that they do not cause an accident. However, accidents do happen whether they are at an individual’s own fault or the fault of another. While seasoned drivers may know what to do in these situations, many new drivers are unaware of the proper steps. Automobile accidents are often a very frightening scene that causes a great deal of panic. It is important to try and stay calm during this time to focus on the situation at hand to implement the following steps:

Call the Police

It is important to contact law enforcement after an accident occurs, even if the other party involved tells you otherwise. This is because they are able to ensure the safety of the scene so that no one gets hurt any further. In addition to this, they can draft an official police report, take witness statements, and conduct chemical tests if necessary. This information can all be useful in the event that you wish to pursue a future claim.

Do Not Apologize

It is understandable that many people’s initial impulse after an accident is to apologize to the other party involved. Often times, it is seen as the right thing to do under the circumstances. However, it is important to avoid doing so. This is because apologies can sometimes be seen as an admission of fault for their involvement. Instead of issuing an apology, you should be polite and contact any necessary emergency services.

Photo or Video of the Wreck

If the scene of the accident is safe, it can be beneficial for a future claim to walk about and take pictures of the wreckage. This provides you with documentation of any broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, and bloodstains that occurred during the accident. It can also help to document poor weather or road conditions.

Record Important Details

While law enforcement can gather important information from the scene of the accident, it is crucial that you do so for yourself before leaving the scene. This includes the names of any witnesses, their phone numbers, and registration information of all vehicles that were involved in the accident.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Serious injuries are sometimes sustained in accidents. Sometimes, injuries happen without victims even realizing it. It is because of this that people involved in an accident should receive medical attention immediately, even if they feel fine at the moment. While emergency responders often conduct examinations on the scene, it is important to see a doctor for an official diagnosis afterward.

Contact our Firm

If you or a loved one has been in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.