Every relationship has its expectations. One unspoken expectation is that one spouse generally assumes the other spouse to be competent to handle an emergency. In the case of a car accident, this means being able to handle everything from the initial moments after impact to the aftermath on your own. Below are five things that your spouse probably expects you to know about car accidents.
How to Assess the Situation
Your spouse probably expects that you know the difference between a major accident and something that’s less of a concern. He or she assumes that you know whether or not you are in any immediate danger, whether or not it’s safe for you to move from the vehicle, and whether you’re in a position to do anything else. It’s very likely that your spouse assumes that you know whether or not you can take the rest of the steps on this list or if you’ll have to rely on someone else to do the heavy lifting.
What to Do First
Another thing your spouse likely expects from you is the ability to decide exactly what to do when you are in a wreck. This means not only having the ability to assess the situation in a rational manner, but also the ability to do something about what you’ve seen. This means knowing how to get your vehicle off the road if possible, whether or not you need to call for medical help, and how to deal with the emergency situation in a rational manner. If you don’t need to get medical help, your first move may well be to gather evidence. According to this article (https://www.preszlerlawbc.com/services/icbc-claims/) from Preszler Law, you should always take a picture of the other car’s license plate when involved in an accident, so make sure that you have your camera out as soon as reasonably possible.
How to Talk to the Police
Your spouse also probably expects that you’ll know how to talk to the police after an accident. This means not only being able to report events as you have experienced them, but also understanding that the police will be an important resource for you as you move forward. Remember, you’ll need to get information from the officers on the scene to give to your attorney, so don’t forget to get things like basic contact information in order to get a copy of the accident report. Your spouse also likely expects that you will be able to talk to the police in a calm and rational manner that will help you in the future, avoiding taking unnecessary blame for what happened while still providing the necessary information.
How to Get the Car Fixed
Your spouse also expects that you’ll know what to do with the car after you get in an accident. This means figuring out whether you are going to be able to drive your vehicle away yourself or if you’ll need to call for a wrecker. Your spouse expects that you’ll be able to figure out which shop the car needs to go to, how to ensure that you work with the shop to avoid getting charged for any unnecessary work and that you’ll be able to figure out how to get back on the road while your car is in the shop. The assumption is generally that the person who was involved in the accident will usually be the person best suited to communicating with those who are working on the car.
How to Deal with Insurance
Finally, your spouse likely expects that you will be able to take the point position when it comes time to talk to insurance. This not only means being able to report your accident to the insurance company, but also figuring out what kind of coverage you have and how it will apply to your situation. It’s also a good idea to be able to know when to call an attorney to help you with reimbursement, as the other party’s insurance company will not always be working with your best interests in mind.
In short, your spouse probably expects that you will be able to handle most of the heavy lifting when it comes to a car accident in which you were involved. While it’s always a good idea to work as a team, you should be prepared to handle much of what happens on your own. This is the best way to ensure that you’ll be able to get the job done even if your spouse is not on the scene to help.