What to Do After an Iowa Car Accident
Getting into a car accident can be incredibly stressful, even if the accident was relatively minor. This stress often causes those involved in the accident to speak without thinking and to act irrationally in the heat of the moment. Fortunately, individuals who have taken the time to think through what they would ideally do and say in the wake of an accident are often able to make rational decisions and act more calmly after an accident than they otherwise would have. Therefore, consider reading through the helpful tips that are provided below now in case you are involved in an accident in the future.
At the Scene of the Accident Tips
After an auto accident occurs your number one priority should be to procure medical assistance for anyone who has been injured and to do what you can to help ensure that others will not get hurt while waiting for assistance. This can generally be accomplished by calling 911, moving the vehicles out of the roadway if it is possible and safe to do so, and putting up flares or safety cones to alert other drivers that there has been an accident. After this has been accomplished consider taking the following additional steps:
- Exchange Information: It is critical that you exchange relevant information (such as your name, address, vehicle registration number, insurance information, and phone number) with each driver involved in the accident.
- Cooperate with Law Enforcement Officers: Make sure that someone has reported the accident to 911 and that you fully cooperate with the responding law enforcement officers. Here in Iowa drivers who are involved in an accident are required by law to file a written report within 72 hours if the accident resulted in property damage totally over $1,500 or in bodily injury, however, the responding officer may file this report for you so it’s a good idea to ask if you will also need to submit documentation of your own.
- Document the Scene of the Accident: If you are able to safely do so, take photos and videos of the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the scene from various angles and take photos of any damage that your vehicle sustained as well as any visible injuries that you or your passengers suffered. Also, collect the names and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw what happened.
- Don’t Admit Fault: Be careful not at admit fault while at the scene of the accident. For example, refrain from saying things such as “I’m sorry” and “I’m such a bad driver”.
After You’ve Left the Scene of the Accident Tips
In addition to the tips provided above there are also some important steps to take after you’ve left the scene of the accident. These include the following:
- Write Down What You Remember: After you get home and have had a chance to calm down take out a pen and paper and write down, in as much detail as you can, everything that you can remember about the accident. Memories tend to fade very quickly so it is important that you do this as soon as you can.
- Contact a Local Personal Injury Lawyer: An Iowa driver who is involved in a car accident caused by another driver may be entitled to collect monetary compensation for their losses and therefore should consult with a local personal injury lawyer about their options. They also highly recommend that anyone who was involved in an accident caused by an underinsured or uninsured driver seek out the legal services of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Contact a Local Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Iowa, contact the Noyes Law Office P.C. today. One of our experienced Southeast Iowa auto accident attorneys would be happy to discuss your case as well as your legal options with you during a free initial consultation at our Fairfield office. Give us a call today at (641) 472-3236.