So you’ve been in a car accident? This isn’t exactly how you expected your day to go, but here you are on the side of the road trying to figure out what to do next. In the case of auto collisions, it’s important to keep a level head and to know exactly what to do after a car accident.
Below are some suggestions that will help you document the details of a car accident, while keeping you and others safe.
• Be Prepared. The best way to defend yourself from post-accident confusion is to be prepared. Know what to expect by keeping a post-accident checklist. Knowing the steps to take after a car accident will give you the mindfulness necessary to get the information you need.
• Be Safe. Immediately following the car accident, make sure you and everyone involved is safe. Do this only if you are uninjured. If you are uninjured and able, move your vehicle out of the road to avoid creating a hazard. Then check to make sure other people involved are okay. If you have sustained injuries (or if anyone else has), remain seated until medical personal can assist you. Do this by remaining in your seat with your seatbelt on and turning on your emergency lights.
• Call 911. Be sure to call the police to report the accident and to get further assistance. Be aware that sometimes police may not respond to fender benders with no injuries.
• Call Your Insurance Company. Report the accident to your insurance company. Your insurance agent can help you with the post-accident process, and may even be able to assist you in getting a tow.
• Exchange Info. There is some essential information that drivers should exchange following an accident. While exchanging this information avoid admitting fault or giving out too much information. Below is a list of the information needed:
- Contact Information (You do not need to share your address)
- Driver’s License Number (Avoid having your driver’s license photographed)
- Name of Insurance Company and Policy Holder
- Insurance Company Contact Information
- Insurance Policy Number (Avoid having your insurance card photographed)
- Vehicle Information, including License Plate Numbers
• Document Everything. Once all is said and done, be sure to document the accident. Do this by taking photos, gathering witness contact information and writing down all relevant information.
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