Millions of people across the U.S. are either under a lockdown order, coming out of lockdown, or are self-quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though there are significantly fewer drivers on the road, accidents still occur. In many municipalities, the percentage of drivers speeding and recklessly driving has increased.
While accidents still happen, this is no ordinary time. Many drivers are unsure what to do when they get into a car accident during the pandemic. Though state laws and procedures vary, listed below are a few general guidelines to follow should you get into an accident.
If you have been the victim of a car accident during the pandemic, don’t wait until it is too late to pursue fair compensation for your injuries. Contact a car accident lawyer at Steinberg Injury Lawyers to schedule your free, no-obligation, initial consultation today.
What If There Are No Damage or Injuries
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, many emergency services across the nation are operating on a limited basis. Thus, if you are in an accident that results in no injuries or significant damage, some states do not require you to call the police.
However, it is still recommended to file a police report in some cases. After you have been in a minor accident, it is still important to do the following during the coronavirus pandemic:
Maintain social distance when exchanging information with the other driver(s) involved.
Collect evidence from the scene (pictures of the scene, license plate information, etc.)
Contact your insurance provider.
What to Do If There Are Damage or Injuries
If you are involved in a car accident that causes significant property damage and/or any injuries, you are typically obligated to call the police. This is usually true unless the accident's damages do not exceed a specific dollar amount, which can differ from state to state.
Some states advise citizens to call the non-emergency police number if they have been involved in an accident that caused non-life threatening injuries and minor property damage. This will still create an official police record of the accident. If you have suffered major injuries, it is recommended that you take the following steps:
Contact the police
Seek medical attention
Collect evidence at the scene and exchange information
Identify potential eyewitnesses
Contact your insurance provider
Call a car accident lawyer in your area
Should You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
In general, if you have been in a minor car accident that results in no injuries and little to no property damage, you may not need to hire a car accident lawyer. However, if you have been in an accident that results in substantial damages and/or injuries, you should speak with a reputable car accident attorney in your area as soon as possible.
An experienced lawyer can be the difference between receiving maximum compensation for your injuries and nothing at all. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers today for your free, no-obligation, initial consultation by calling 1-800-989-6385.