Most North Carolina drivers are unprepared for an unexpected emergency, such as a motor vehicle collision. A car accident is an expensive and traumatizing event, and it may be helpful for a driver to know what to do next in case this happens to him or her. What happens in the minutes, hours, days and weeks after an accident can make a significant difference in a potential civil claim the driver may pursue.
Capturing and preserving evidence
Capturing and preserving evidence from the scene of the accident is important. One way a driver can do this is by taking pictures of the scene of the accident. If possible, taking pictures of how the cars are positioned and other details may help validate the claim that the accident was the fault of another driver. After calling the police and emergency services, it is important to attempt to exchange information with others involved in the accident and those who witnessed it.
After leaving the scene of the accident, there are other things a driver can do to help his or her case. First, it is critical to keep any medical documentation and evidence from treatment required because of accident injuries. This helps prove the physical and financial impact the accident had on the victim’s life.
A strong case
Quick action after a car accident is important. Important evidence can erode and disappear over time, and a North Carolina victim may need financial recovery as fast as possible. One of the first steps is to seek an assessment of the accident case in order to determine the legal options available.