What Should I Do After a Pennsylvania Car Accident?
Pennsylvania expects its drivers to act responsibly after an accident. This means, above all, that you must not leave the scene of a crash. If you do, you are violating the law, leaving the other driver and passengers in possible danger, and exposing yourself to having your license revoked or suspended.
Nine Steps to Take After a Motor Vehicle Crash in Pennsylvania
Here are the other things you should do after a motor vehicle crash:
- Stop your vehicle and then move as close to the accident site as possible. Try not to block traffic when you stop. And be aware of the possibility of fire from the crash.
- Try to provide help to the other driver and passengers or pedestrians. However, do not try to move injured victims unless necessary. Call 911 if anyone reports injuries.
- Call local police, especially if the accident is interfering with traffic or if multiple vehicles are involved.
- Refrain from moving if you suffered an injury, unless your vehicle is blocking traffic. Wait for help.
- Exchange information with the other driver. This includes name, address and other contact details, driver’s license number, license plates of the vehicles, and auto insurance information. Also, exchange information about the make, model, and body style of the vehicle, as well as the VIN (vehicle identification number) and a description of the damage.
- Take photographs of the accident scene.
- Try to find the driver if you hit an unattended car or truck. If you cannot find anyone, you must leave a note providing the required information.
- Report the accident to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation within five days if there was severe injury, death, or significant damage to vehicles and other property. If the police did not investigate the accident, you still must report it. Do not agree to the other driver’s request that you not report it — you could lose your license if you fail to make a required report. In addition, even if the accident appears minor and the police do not respond, it may be in your best interests to report it -- what seems to be a minor injury at the time may turn out to be more serious later on. Use form AA-600 and follow the instructions.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
If you were injured or if the crash caused extensive damage to your vehicle, you may wish to consult a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer to find out about your legal rights. You could be eligible for compensation even if you were partly at fault. When you are injured in a Pittsburgh car accident, check out hospitals such as UMPC Presbyterian Shadyside, Jefferson Hospital, or Forbes Hospital.
Call Berger & Lagnese If You Were Injured in a Pittsburgh Car or Truck Accident
If you were hurt or a loved one died in a motor vehicle accident in the Pittsburgh area, call the law firm of Berger & Lagnese, LLC. Our office is located at 310 Grant St, #720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 and can be reached either by calling 412-471-4300 or use the online contact form to schedule a free consultation. The firm handles motor vehicle accident cases throughout Western PA and beyond.