What to Do When You Are in a Car Accident
When you are in a car accident, follow the steps below to ensure everyone involved is safe and to protect yourself in insurance claims.
1. Ensure Everyone’s Health
After an accident, you might be in shock, panicking, or generally lost in the situation. Before exiting your vehicle, take a second to assess your condition. Check yourself for any major wounds and test small movements to ensure you are not injured. Perform health checks on any passengers in the vehicle as well. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
2. Get to Safety
Just because you are no longer moving, does not mean your vehicle is in a safe spot. If your car is still operable, move it to the side of the road. Otherwise, remove yourself and your passengers from the vehicle and move to a safer location. Turn on your hazard lights and deploy road signs if available to alert other drivers.
3. Call the Police
Once everyone is safe and your vehicle is marked, call the police. No matter how minor the damage is, calling the police to file a full-report will ensure you and your insurance company have accurate legal records of the incident. Ask the police how you can get a copy of the report for your insurance.
4. Document the Accident
Photos provide evidence of the accident and how it occurred in case the other party tries to flee the scene or alter the evidence. Recording the accident by taking pictures of the vehicles involved, the damage, and the injuries will help provide a detailed account of the accident to any legal entities you may have to deal with.
5. Exchange Insurance Information
Having the proper information will ensure the authorities can locate and serve documents to the other party. Gather the following information:
- Names, phone numbers, and addresses of all drivers and passengers
- Names, phone numbers, and addresses of all accident witnesses
- The other driver’s license plate number, make and model of the car
- Name and contact information of other party’s insurance company. Be sure to collect the policy number as well.
- Driver license numbers of all drivers involved
- Contact information of the police officers who came to the scene and filed the report
Know What to Expect
When you are involved in an accident, it is important to follow these steps in order to protect yourself from future complications. Once you are safe and the accident has been properly documented by authorities, you can contact a towing company and your insurance company to begin the repair process. Calling Precision Auto Body Specialists or having your vehicle towed to our location will help you get back on the road quickly with quality collision repair services.