Every day, many individuals throughout Massachusetts venture out onto the roadways. In doing so, they each assume that they will safely arrive at their destination. While car accidents occur on a daily basis, it is assumed that these accidents will involve other drivers.
Unfortunately, some of these unsuspecting drivers will be involved in one of the many car accidents that do occur every day. When one is involved in a collision, the first thing he or she will want to do is make sure that everyone involved is okay. If there is any concern regarding the health and well-being of anyone involved, medical personnel should be notified immediately.
Once the situation and those involved has been assessed, local law enforcement personnel should be notified. While waiting on them to respond, the drivers will want to exchange names, addresses and insurance information. Finally, it is important that all those involved in the accident remain at the accident site until law enforcement gives them authorization to leave. Otherwise, they could be charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Drivers will also want to document the accident and the damage done. This can be done by photographing the vehicles at the accident site. Additionally, drivers will want to refrain from discussing details of the accident so as to avoid the possibility of accidentally implying fault. Law enforcement personnel will investigate and determine who they believe to be at fault.
Car accidents are a common occurrence in Massachusetts and across the country. However, to the individuals involved, there is nothing common about them. When one is involved in a car crash and has suffered loss or injury as the result of another’s negligence, he or she will want to discuss the situation with experienced legal counsel to determine what legal action should be taken.
Source: Findlaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps“, Accessed on Jan. 2, 2017