Getting into a crash is a serious situation. Even relatively minor collisions can lead to injuries that have lasting implications. You might have whiplash, suffer a head injury, have burns from a deploying air bag or other issues to deal with.
After a collision, the most important thing to remember is that you should seek medical care. At that point, it doesn’t matter who’s to blame or who’s going to pay the bills. You just need to make sure that you’re going to be healthy.
If you are able to remain at the scene for some time, then it’s important for you to protect that scene and to call the police. You do want to get a police report and record of the incident. You should take your own photos and show any damage to your vehicle (as well as injuries that you’ve suffered if possible).
Depending on the situation, you may (or may not) want to talk to the police at the scene or at the hospital. Many people wait until they’ve spoken with their attorney. If you do talk to the police beforehand, don’t apologize, make claims or say that the crash was your fault. Instead, let the authorities work out who’s to blame. You just need to provide your name, license and other basic information when asked.
After all of this is done and you’ve sought medical care, you may want to look into filing a claim against the other party’s insurance. This claim could help you recover the financial losses that you’re dealing with as a result of the collision. Your attorney can work with you to build a claim and negotiate for an appropriate settlement.