What To Do After A Car Accident

What To Do After A Car Accident

Even the most level-headed individual is likely to feel flustered, overwhelmed, or distraught in the aftermath of a car accident. However, the best way to make sure you’re not taken advantage of after a car accident is to be prepared. Read on for our guide on what to do after a car accident. 

Things To Do After a Car Accident

If you were just in a car accident, you need to take action. Whether it was a major or minor accident, you can use the following list to walk you through exactly what you should do after a car accident. This list applies to car accidents in any location (including our home bases of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada)

1. Assess the Situation

First thing’s first: after a car accident, assess the situation. Is everyone okay? Is anyone injured? Does 911 need to be called? As a rule of thumb, 911 should be called if there is more than minor damage to the vehicles, or an obvious or suspected injury. 

Use this time to also take deep breaths and gather yourself. Whether the accident was your fault or not, it’s likely that emotions will be high. Getting angry or agitated never helps the situation. If the situation is at all contentious, you will also want to call 911 to enlist some professional help. 

2. Get Vehicle Information

After assessing the situation, the next thing you should do is get information for the vehicles involved. Make sure you get information for: 

  • License plate
  • Make and model of the car(s) involved
  • Any other details of the vehicle you can observe

Taking pictures is always a good idea, as these will be helpful for your insurance company and the authorities. Take photos of the vehicle, as well as the scene of the accident. 

If you are in the unfortunate scenario of a hit and run, you will absolutely want to try to capture any information about the fleeing vehicle that you can see and take note of.  

3. Get Driver Information

In addition to vehicle information, you also should get the other driver’s information. If there is more than one driver and vehicle involved, be sure to get information for all individuals, including:

  • Name of other driver(s)
  • Address of other driver(s)
  • Phone number of other driver(s)
  • Other driver(s) insurance company and policy number

Be sure to also get information of any passengers involved in the accident, as well. 

Once you have this information, if you are not waiting for authorities or a tow-truck for involved vehicles, you can feel comfortable leaving the scene. 

If you are waiting for authorities, be sure to get their inputs and sign off before leaving the scene of the accident. 

4. Seek Medical Attention After Accident

In the aftermath of a car accident, you will want to pay especially close attention to your body. Many injuries from car accidents may not present themselves immediately upon experience, and may instead manifest in the hours or days following the accident. 

Here are some common post-car-accident injuries to keep an eye out for: 

  • Concussion 
  • Whiplash
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • PTSD

If you find or suspect that you are experiencing any of these injuries, visit your doctor immediately. Especially in the case of brain injuries, symptoms may not manifest immediately, but must be caught early for maximum chance of treatment and recovery. Learn more about brain injuries here.  

5. Seek Legal Representation

In the 1-2 days following a car accident is when you should also seek legal representation, if desired. Legal representation should be pursued prior to contacting your insurance company, as most insurance companies will be looking to minimize payments on claims. More often than not, seeking a lawyer first could be more helpful. If you are seeking legal representation after a car accident in the Las Vegas or Henderson area,  contact us today. 

Additional Car Accident Questions

Every car accident scenario is different. Here are some other situations or questions you may encounter about what to do after a car accident.

How Long Do You Have to File a Police Report After a Car Accident?

Whether it’s a major or minor car accident, you have 10 days after the accident to file a police report in Las Vegas. This police report can be filed online or in person. This is another reason why it’s crucial to collect all vehicle and driver information at the scene of the accident – to make it as easy as possible to fill out a police report, should you decide to submit one. 

How Long Do You Have To See a Doctor After an Auto Accident?

If you were in a car accident and sustained injuries of any kind (even if they seem to be minor), the best thing to do is to go to the doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. If you are not able to go to the doctor right away (or feel that it’s not necessary at the time), within 72 hours is recommended for seeing a doctor after a car accident. 

How Long After an Accident Do You Have To File a Claim?

The amount of time you have after a car accident to file a claim varies from state to state, but in Nevada you generally have 2 years to file a claim in the civil court system. 

If you are wondering whether or not you may still have a case for a car accident, contact us to get the help and the answers you need. 

What NOT To Do After a Car Accident

Ruiz Law has provided an overview of things to do after a car accident, but it is also worth mentioning that there are things that you should NOT do after a car accident. Read through this list to make sure you don’t make any of these mistakes. 

  • Leave The Accident Scene
  • Lose Your Composure
  • Forget to Call 911
  • Admit You Are At Fault
  • Forget to Document other car or get information
  • Speak to opposing insurance company without an attorney
  • File a lawsuit without a lawyer

Ruiz Law Firm Can Help You After a Car Accident Today!

Although it’s hard to ever be fully prepared for a car accident, hopefully this information gives you some helpful advice, as well as some peace of mind. If you have experienced a car accident and are looking for some professional legal help, visit our car accident practice page for more information or contact us to set up an appointment today. 


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*The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

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