There are a lot of things that you have control over. You control what you wear. You control the make of car that you drive. You control (to some extent) where you work. You control what you eat.
However, you don’t control:
When you have an accident. By their very nature, accidents are unexpected. No one wants them, no one plans for them, but they do happen. Like the saying goes, “it’s not how you act, it’s how you react”. It is important to remember that when you have an accident that you know who to call. I have myself, as well as friends and relatives, get into accidents and not know what to do. My sister got in a car accident and called an Attorney immediately. She didn’t waste anytime, she knew that it was better to get ahead of the ballgame rather than be behind the curve. She had her ducks in a row before she needed one of them.
I always like to have a plan of action for those times when you are in an accident. Some helpful hints, IMHO, might be:
1. Get names of witnesses. Sometimes these can be your best bet of seeing, and being able to tell the police what happened. Be aware, some might be hesitant to talk about what they saw.
2. Take photos – Make sure that you document who, what, where and how the accident happened. Photos are worth a 1000 words, and can be the best backup for your story of what happened.
3. Be vigilant – Stay on top of accident claims. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you. Many times they send their “low ball” offer the first time out. Make sure that you feel like you are being compensated appropriately.
4. Drive Safe! – Most importantly, drive safe. Thousands die every year as a result of auto accidents. While accidents will happen, you can certainly do your best not to become one of the statistics