When you are a passenger involved in a car accident, it can be a lot more frustrating than it is being the driver. Along with the fact that you might be injured, it’s evident that you are not at fault at all for the accident because you weren’t driving. Determining which driver is charged with fault determines how you go forward with a claim for being an injured passenger.
Once you are involved as an injured passenger in a vehicle, there are legal remedies available to receive compensation for those injuries received. Because this is a legal matter, it is a good idea to hire a car accident lawyer immediately following the accident. A personal injury attorney is going to know what to do and will offer the best advice before you make any decisions or speak to anyone else about the accident.
Car accidents can be very traumatic and frightening experiences. Immediately following an accident, you might feel panicky or shaken. Regardless, it is important that you try to proceed as calmly as possible so that you can deal with the after effects of the crash rationally.
For most people, the first thing they should do after an accident is to stop, take a deep breath and begin to calm down. After calming down a bit, follow the steps below:
- First, make sure everyone, including you, is alright and not injured. If someone, including you, is injured, immediately phone 911 for help.
- Even as the passenger, look around and inspect the damages to both vehicles. If you have a smart phone or disposable camera, take pictures of the accident including any damages to both vehicles. Take notes about what happened so if you forget after the authorities arrive; you will have your notes to refer to.
- Try to exchange any personal information with the other driver involved in the accident as well as the driver in your vehicle. Information needed includes names, addresses, insurance companies, driver’s license numbers, phone numbers and license plate numbers.
- Make sure the driver calls the police to report the accident. If not, you should call the police and file the report yourself.
Remember that the health and safety of everyone involved should always be the first concern. If you have been hurt, do not hesitate to call a personal injury attorney the first chance you have. Having a car accident lawyer from the beginning is the best way to ensure you get the proper compensation necessary for your medical bills, potential time out of work and any other related consequences due to the accident.