Although car accidents are fairly common in Oklahoma and throughout America, these events can still be nerve-racking for those involved. Even the most minor car accidents can leave drivers and passengers shaken and confused, and injuries may occur in minor car accidents as well. So, what do our readers need to know about what steps they should take if they are, unfortunately, involved in a car accident?

Well, for starters, no matter the severity of the car accident, it is of paramount importance for everyone involved to stay at the scene. If there is any property damage, damage to the vehicles or injuries involved in the accident, police will likely be called to respond to the scene. At the scene, police officers will want to take statements from those involved and make a report.

Beyond the information that the police officers who respond to the scene gather, the drivers involved in the car accident should exchange contact and insurance information, as well as getting each driver’s license numbers. Although there may be a sense of ill-will if allegations start flying about whose fault the accident was, there really is no reason for the drivers involved in the accident to be withholding about this basic information.

For those who believe that the accident was the fault of the other party, taking pictures of the accident scene, the vehicles that were damaged and any injuries in the immediate aftermath of the car accident may be extremely important. Such photos can be valuable evidence if a personal injury lawsuit is needed to attempt to recover financial compensation from the negligent or reckless driver who caused the accident.