Auto accidents in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania are life changing events that can ultimately ruin your life. Following an automobile accident you need to follow specific guidelines, which can make reporting your accident, and filing a claim with your insurance company less stressful. Accidents take an emotional and physical toll on your body. Even if you suffer from whiplash or other injuries, chances are you won't feel the pain right away. The most experienced and cautious drivers are not exempt for car accidents, once they sit behind the wheel. Although, most accidents are preventable, some accidents are unavoidable. You can prepare for an accident before it happens, and fully prepare yourself when it does happen. Here are some basic instructions on what you need to do after an automobile accident.
Preparation before an Accident
Keep a copy of your insurance information in your glove compartment
If you have a camera or a phone with a camera keep it in your car
Keep pen and paper nearby
After an Automobile Accident
If you are the victim of an auto crash, don't stop to assess the damages of your vehicle, get to safety as quickly as possible. Your safety and well-being are essential, and human instinct for survival will normally kick in.
Notify the highway patrol or appropriate police. If the accident is minor the officer will come out and write a report and hand it to you. The accident report number is on the report. Your insurance company will need this number, when you make the company aware of the accident. Get the name of the police officer, the badge number, and a telephone number, if you should have any questions.
Get the other driver's information such as the drivers' name, address, telephone number, tag number, vehicle description, and insurance carrier name and policy number. Give the other driver the same information you requested.
If you have any media equipment such as a mobile phone with a camera, take pictures of the scene. This include pictures of the driver, both vehicles and other photos that might help establish liability.
After the paperwork is complete, get a physical examination by your local emergency room doctor. Even if you are not hurting or have no visible injuries, you need might have internal injuries. After a trauma the human body becomes numb. The body goes into a state of shock, and it protects itself from pain. This allows you not to feel any pain right away. You might not actually feel the after effects of the accident until the next morning, after your body awakens from relaxing state.
One rule of thumb to remember, never give your social security number to the other driver or to the police officer at the scene. Be ready for an increase in your auto insurance premiums. If you have not been in an accident before, chances are your insurance company might not raise your premiums. If the accident brings you more questions than answers, you may need to speak with an attorney. A car accident attorney can give you clarity on the law and how it affects you.
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