9 Things to Do if You’re in a Car Accident on Vacation
Posted on Thursday, July 6th, 2023 at 11:45 am
Your long-awaited summer vacation is finally here. Most definitely not on the itinerary is a car accident, but they happen even when you’re away. Being in an unfamiliar place adds a whole other layer of anxiety which may get ramped up even further if you’re driving a rental car. If this happens to you, stay calm and follow the tips below.
- Don’t panic! What you should do in an accident away from home is the same as in your neighborhood. Take a deep breath and keep your wits about you.
- Call the police if you can. This will get emergency services on their way to you asap. It will also ensure a police report and record of the accident, which you must have.
- Check to see that everyone is okay. If someone in your car or another vehicle in the accident appears to be injured, let them know that help is on the way and attempt to help them stay calm.
- Get a medical evaluation. Even if you do not think you have sustained any serious injuries, it’s a good idea to get to an emergency room or walk-in clinic as soon after the accident as possible. Don’t wait until you get home from your vacation. An immediate report is important for two reasons: first, it will detect injuries that may not appear obvious at first, such as internal bleeding; second, delaying medical care could be used against you in a personal injury lawsuit to show the injuries were not that serious.
- Collect contact information. Get the name, phone number, email, and insurance info from any other drivers involved in the accident. If there are any witnesses at the scene, you should also get their contact information.
- Document the details. As much as you can, record any relevant information about the accident. Take photos of the vehicles, the road, the signage, and anything you think will provide information that may be helpful in a case.
- Inform your insurance company and the rental car company, if applicable. The rental car company should provide info on what to do in case of an accident.
- Contact an attorney. Don’t negotiate with an insurance company or talk to anyone about the accident until you get the professional advice of an experienced lawyer who will help you understand your rights and options.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of a DUI, car, truck, or motorcycle accident? If so, Tiemann Law Firm can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling: (916) 999-9000 or toll-free: (800) 712-2000.