What To Do Immediately After Being in A Car Accident

What To Do Immediately After Being in A Car Accident

Jay Stillman

3 min read

So, you just got in an accident. Now what? Here at Stillman & Friedland, a question we often get asked is, “What should I do right after an accident?” Whether it’s a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, there are a few essential things you should do right after the accident. We’ve created this blog to direct you in the right direction. Here’s what you should do immediately after being in a car accident:

What To Do After A Car Accident

The first step is the most essential and that is to ensure that you are healthy. If you or anyone in your vehicle requires medical attention, seek immediate medical care.

The second step to take is to investigate the case immediately. It is essential to take pictures and/or videos, complete accident reports, and document witness information. Why is this? Having the evidence can be crucial to winning your case.

Take Pictures And Videos

As we stated, taking pictures and videos after an accident is an essential factor in winning a case in court. If you were in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, take a picture or a video of the accident scene and the vehicles involved. Also, take note of and pictures/videos of the road conditions: Was it raining? Was there ice on the road? Was there a chemical spill or other weather factor that contributed to the accident?

Take photos of your recovery process for any physical injuries like bruising or cuts from the accident. These pictures and/or videos of your physical recovery process create a dairy of how those injuries have impacted you.

Talk To The Witnesses

After pictures and videos, witnesses are one of the more critical aspects of a strong case. After getting in an accident, you need to know any potential witnesses’ names and phone numbers. Whether the witness came to the scene to help you or people on standby, don’t be afraid to ask for their contact information.

It is important to remember that you or the people involved may not feel like talking to witnesses and getting their information after an accident. It may even be challenging to do. However, it is vital to have a solid and reliable plan to follow in the event of an accident.

Where Did The Accident Happen?

It may seem insignificant or irrelevant, but the location of the accident is another essential factor of a strong case. For example, document the place and people involved in the accident if the accident happened on a specific road, highway, or property.

If you are involved in an accident with a company car, the company or employer is oftentimes held responsible for the actions of the employee who drove the car. Because an employer can be the one liable for something that their employee does, write down and report the company’s information involved in the accident.


The attorneys and staff at Stillman & Friedland wish you a safe and healthy driving experience. We hope you enjoyed reading our blog on what to do immediately after being in a car accident. If you or a family member has been involved in an accident, contact our Nashville-based office at (615) 244-2111 for a free and confidential consultation.