Twin Cities Car Accident- Now What?
The average American household takes over 2,300 rides in their car a year. That is a living room on wheels.
Things You Need to Know If you Have a Twin Cities Car Accident
- Always stop if you are involved in an accident.
- Make sure that everyone is all right and safe.
- Call the police and If Someone is injured, call for an ambulance
What to Do at the Scene of the Car Accident
I have been treating car accident patients in the Twin Cities for 21 years and the following checklist is in my opinion, one that you can follow. Always keep my website www.solichiropractic.com bookmarked on your phone just in case you have an accident and you will this article for reference.
Determine the Extent of Damage or Injuries
The first thing you should do after an accident is to check for injuries. Try not to move the vehicles unless they are causing a major problem with traffic. The safety of everyone involved in the accident, including any bystanders, is of the utmost importance.
Call the Police
The next step you should take following an auto accident is to call the police. Even if the accident seems minor, and there appears to be little or no damage to your vehicle, it is essential that you call the police directly after the accident. The police will create an accident report, which is necessary to file an insurance claim. Auto accident reports are also crucial pieces of evidence in personal injury lawsuits.
Limit Your conversation about the Accident with the Other Party
It is important to limit your discussion of the accident with the other involved party. You should only talk about the accident with the police.
Exchange Personal Information before the Police Arrive
You should exchange personal contact and insurance information with any other drivers or passengers involved in the accident. This information should include names, phone numbers, and addresses, as well as insurance policy numbers.
Car Accident Information checklist
Here is the information you will need to file a proper insurance claim:
- information about what happened
- information about the driver
- information for insurance
I will cover each of these pieces of information in the 5 points below by section:
Car Accident Form
The best way to be prepared in a car accident is to get a car accident form used to collect all the information at the scene of the accident from your local DMV.
Other Driver Information
- Name of driver
- Address of Driver
- Phone number or other contact information
List of Information to Collect About the Other Driver’s Insurance Company in a Car Accident.
You need the basic information here which can be found on their proof of insurance card. Get the other driver’s:
- Insurance Company Name
- Insurance Company Policy Number
List of Information to Collect About the Other Car Involved in the Accident
- Vehicle description, year, make and model, consider taking photos for your own record.
- License plate number.
- Vehicle registration number
List of Information to Collect About the Car Accident.
- Date and Time of the Accident.
- Address of the accident, or approximate address.
- Road you are on in the nearest cross street.
- The direction you were traveling in.
- The direction the other car was traveling in.
- Take photos from a few angles or sketch a diagram of the crash scene, if you are unable to take pictures.
- What happened (As soon as you can write out your account of what happened, or use your mobile phone to record yourself telling all the details for your own records.
- Any notes regarding the driving conditions, the weather, visibility.
- Any witness's names and contact information.
- The name, badge number, and contact information for any police officer who comes to the accident.
Another thing that I can recommend based on my experience is to:
Use your Mobile Phone to take photos of the Car Accident
With most people having access to cell phones, and cameras, you may consider taking photos and videos. This is important, so that property damage images, and the positioning of the cars where they are in the street can be documented.
Protecting Your Health after a Car Accident:
Whiplash injuries have long-term disability in about 10% of people injured in car accidents. Approximately 1 million people are exposed to whiplash injury in the United States every year. Nearly 25% of whiplash cases result in chronic conditions. It is estimated that 1 in 7 whiplash victims will still have significant pain more than 3 years after the accident.
Soli Chiropractic has extensive training in evaluating and treating whiplash injuries. The disabling effects often occur with whiplash when injured tissues in the neck begin to heal. If you are not getting the proper care, these injuries will heal and become scar tissue that is not as flexible or as elastic as healthy muscles, ligaments, nerves, and other tissues. If left untreated, whiplash injuries have been shown to lead to early onset of arthritis.
Seatbelt Safety……… A Final Note:
Failure to wear a seatbelt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior. Wearing a seatbelt is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on our nation’s highways.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Twin Cities please feel free to contact us at 763-560-0750 OR www.solichiropractic.com