Car accidents can be stressful, so it’s important that you know how to handle a car accident before you find yourself in one.
An unexpected car accident can leave your mind feeling a bit scattered. It’s important to brush over post-accident procedures when you’re levelheaded. This guide can help make the moments after a car accident significantly less stressful and the claims process a whole lot smoother. Here is your guide on what to do after a car accident.
- Pull over to the shoulder of the road (if possible)
If it’s safe to do so and your cars are physically able to move, move your car out of further harm’s way. It’s also courteous to do so, why should the hundreds of people behind you have to suffer because of your mistake? If your cars can’t move, turn on your hazard light to alert other drivers that your car isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
- Check on the others
You’ll want to make sure that everyone that was involved in the crash is okay. Call 911 if anyone is injured–even a slight bump in the head can be fatal.
- Gather Information and document the scene
- Insurance info
- Driver and passenger names
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- The name and badge number of any responding police officers
- Contact info for any eyewitnesses
- Location of the accident
- License plate numbers
You will also want to take pictures of the damage that were done to both cars.
- File Your Claim
Call your auto insurance agent. You can do so from the scene, or if you are unable to do so, be sure to call them as soon as possible.