What Steps Should You Take after Getting in an Accident?

10 Tips on How to Handle an Auto Accident in Las Vegas

In the blink of an eye, everything can change.

No matter the cause, car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle wrecks and pedestrian accidents can cause devastating injuries and massive property damage. Knowing what to do after a collision helps you protect your rights, your health, and your finances.

Las Vegas injury and accident law firm Call Christine recommends 10 steps to take after an accident.

  • Stop the car. Never leave the scene of an auto accident, even a minor one. This is a criminal offense. If you have road flares, use them to block off the scene of the crash to protect those of you involved in the accident as well as other drivers passing the accident. If you do not have road flares, turn on your hazard lights.
  • Call the authorities. Alert the police and ambulances to the collision as soon as possible.
  • Make a note. Be sure to record your own account of the accident. Include the events that caused the crash, events leading up to it, the date, time, location and weather. Tell the police everything you know without adding in any speculation or admissions of guilt.
  • Take pictures. Take pictures of the vehicles, yourself, the location, and the damage. Most phones have cameras, so this should be easy.
  • Exchange information with the other drivers. Police will take down the information of all those involved, but be sure you obtain the other drivers’ names, phone numbers, addresses, and insurance info before moving on, as well as the names and contact information of any passengers involved. If the accident included multiple vehicles, make sure you note who was in which car.
  • Be aware of shock. No matter what role you played in the motor vehicle accident, you may be in shock, which prevents you from knowing if you are injured. If you do not know if you are injured, tell the police and ambulance that you are not sure and may need medical attention just to be certain.
  • Get the police report. The police officers at the scene will give you the police report number, so be sure to contact the police station in the days after the accident to obtain your own copy.
  • Seek medical attention. If you notice pain after the accident, be sure to see a doctor or visit the hospital as soon as possible. Although injuries may not be obvious at the time or day of the crash, they can surface later and indicate something more serious such as a head injury.
  • Be organized. Even a minor fender bender can cause injury, property damage, insurance fallout, and more. It is important to keep all documents related to the collision in one safe place so you have everything you may need in case of a legal issue or insurance dispute.
  • Call Christine. Property damage and medical costs can grow exponentially after a motor vehicle accident. You need an experienced Las Vegas auto accident attorney on your side.

Get an a Aggressive Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer on Your Side

Fighting for your rights and your future starts with a simple phone call. Call Christine at (702) 986-0000 or contact our law firm online to schedule your consultation following your Las Vegas motor vehicle accident. We listen to your story and build a case that protects you and your loved ones from the financial fallout of the crash. Get back on your feet with strong legal representation today.