There is no shortage of online guides about what to do after you have been in a car accident. Remember that, whatever you read, safety must be your first consideration immediately following an accident. Avoiding further harm and getting medical attention for yourself and anyone else involved must be the top priority. After the scene is secure and medical care has been handled, there are steps you can take to improve your situation. A car accident can be a costly and life-altering incident. The goal is to make sure you end up in the best possible position after your crash.
If possible, you should document the scene of the crash. Take pictures, preferably from your seat, before the vehicles are moved to clear the way for traffic. Remember that this is only acceptable if you are not in harm’s way. If you are in danger of another collision, get out of the way if possible. Evidence is less important than avoiding another collision.
Stay calm. Depending on the situation, the police may not arrive immediately. Keep a level head. Try to go over what happened in your head to keep it straight. It can be difficult to think clearly and present yourself calmly after the shock of a crash. Stick to the facts. Do not speculate. Do not embellish or downplay the accident or your injuries. You can only hurt yourself by making a misstatement at this point.
Record-keeping is your job and the police’s job. They have an accident report to fill out, but these reports can contain errors. If you can make a record of the scene and of the conversation you had following the accident, do so. Correcting a mistake could be the difference between collecting compensation and being blamed for an accident that was not your fault.
Source: Yahoo! Autos, “The five big steps you should take after a car accident,” by Steven Lang, 21 January 2015