BE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO AN ACCIDENT
Posted on: Jun. 27, 2017 in Accidents, Safety

Anyone who has ever been in a car accident can tell you they are scary and stressful. Minor fender benders are enough to leave you rattled. When your adrenaline is pumping and you’re worked up, you may not be thinking clearly or remember the important steps to take. Knowing what to do before you need it is a great first step.

Here are some tips to help you get through an accident.

  • Stay calm. Even though you may be scared or angry, it’s important for everyone to stay calm. This can reduce the severity of some injuries, prevent a situation from escalating, and help others remain calm as well.
  • See if everyone is okay. Check yourself, your passengers, and anyone else involved. When in doubt, call for an ambulance.
  • If you can, move your car out of traffic. If you cannot move the car safely, or it is not drivable, leave it where it is.
  • Warn others of the incident by turning on your hazard lights and possibly setting up flares.
  • Call the police. In some areas, this is mandatory by law. In other areas, calling the police may be optional. It’s best to research the laws in your state.
  • Do not admit fault. Be polite to the others involved in the accident, but do not apologize. At the same time, do not make accusations about the other driver. If possible, talk only to the police.
  • Take pictures of the accident including your car, the other driver’s car, and any property damage. You may also wish to document the surrounding area such as intersections, traffic signals, or trees that may have obstructed signage.
  • Try not to leave the scene before the police or the other drivers do.
  • As soon as possible, call your insurance agent to report the accident.

In some areas, the police will decline to come to the accident, especially if it’s not severe. In this case, you’ll need to exchange information with the other driver. View and, if possible, take pictures of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance card. Makes notes about any discrepancies, such as someone driving a car that is not in their name, as well as details about the accident. Get contact information for witnesses. Again, do not admit fault and do not agree to accept or make payments for any damage.

Remember that the other drive is also probably as upset as you are about the accident, so treating others with respect can go a long way, regardless of who is at fault. Your safety, and everyone else’s is most important. Once you determine every is okay or get the medical help that’s needed, you can take the necessary steps to document the incident and get back on the road.

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