Immediately after a car crash, it’s not unusual for the driver or passengers to start panicking, especially if people are hurt. If you’ve called the police and are waiting for help to arrive, here’s what to do after a car accident in Bellevue.
Calm Yourself Down
Calming yourself down after a car accident isn’t always easy, but it is essential if you’re going to keep yourself and others safe, and be able to report the accident to the police well. To get calm, take a few big breaths of air, count to 10, or do another activity that you know will help soothe your nerves. As soon as your heart rate has slowed down, get ready to take action.
Make Sure Everyone is Safe
If you haven’t already pulled your car over to a safe area of the road, do so immediately. If moving your car isn’t possible and exiting is too dangerous or if you are stuck inside, make sure you and everyone else is wearing a seatbelt, and turn your hazard lights on immediately.
Additionally, check for any serious passenger injuries. Call 911 to get help if someone is unconscious, immobile, or communicates that s/he needs help. During the call to the dispatcher, you’ll need to give as many details about the injury as possible. The dispatcher can guide you through what to do and will stay on the phone with you until the police arrive if injuries are serious.
Take as Many Notes as You Can Immediately
After you’ve ensured that everyone is safe and that the police are on their way, there’s nothing to do but wait. Take advantage of the waiting period by making as many notes as possible as you can about the details of the accident.
- Make and model of the cars involved
- Weather conditions
- Time and date of the crash
- Events that preceded the Bellevue crash
If getting out of the car is safe, take photo evidence as well using a cell phone or camera. If this is a hit and run accident then your after crash notes become even more important. Look around for eyewitnesses or video cameras that may help you identify the other driver.
Call Your Insurance Company and an Attorney
Reporting your Bellevue car accident to your insurance company is a must after an accident and should be done as soon as possible. In addition to your insurance company, you may need an attorney if injuries or property damage are severe.
Bear in mind that the insurance company may choose to deny your claim or you may receive a low settlement offer from the insurance company. Car accident lawyers in Bellevue also handle insurance companies that do not deliver on claim requests. At Max Meyers Law PLLC, we can help you recover the compensation you need. Call us today to learn more about our free consultation services at 425-399-7000.