Teen advice: what to do after a car accident

August 15, 2022 | Crandall & Pera Law
Teen advice: what to do after a car accident

Getting into a car accident in Ohio, or anywhere else, is a terrifying experience. It can be even scarier if you are a teenager and it is your first accident. Knowing what to do immediately after a car crash can make a huge difference in ensuring you are okay and have the information you need to get back on the road.

Remain calm

After the accident, take a moment to calm yourself and find out if you have injuries. If you were physically injured during the motor vehicle accident and are not in immediate danger, try and stay where you are and call 911 for assistance.

Check on others

If you got into the crash with passengers, try and find out if they are physically okay or need help. If they need help, do not move unless necessary, and call 911 for medical assistance.

Get information

If no one has an injury, you may exit the car and try and find out if there is any damage. If you got into an accident with another driver now is the time to exchange insurance information and ensure that everyone in their car is well. If you have not already contacted 911, you should make that call now. You should also contact your parents or other family members to inform them of your situation. Once the police arrive at the scene of the accident, the police officer will take statements from everyone involved and create an accident report. You may also want to take photos of the accident to submit with the report as well. You will then use this information to file an insurance claim and hopefully get financial assistance with paying for damages to your car. Being in an accident is a challenging experience. And knowing what to do afterward can help keep you safe and provide the information you need to pay for the accident’s expenses.