Finding yourself in a car accident is one of the most frightening things that can happen on the road, but it’s much easier to deal with if you know the appropriate steps to take. Keep these steps in mind to make the situation safer and easier for everyone involved.
Check for injuries
The first thing you want to do is make sure you and everyone that may be involved is alright. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. If there are other vehicles that are involved in the accident, make sure you go to check on them to see if they’re injured. If anyone is displaying even minor symptoms of injury, is distraught, or needs assistance in any manner – make sure 911 is dialed for an ambulance.
Get to a safe place
If you are able to, attempt to move your car out of high volume traffic areas and turn your hazards on. If you have any available, you can also use reflective triangles and/or light road flares and place them around the vehicles involved to help others avoid hitting you. Always remember to check your surroundings before you get out of your car.
Call the police
Especially if another vehicle was involved or there’s any damage to vehicles or public property, it’s important to make a police report. Police reports will be helpful when dealing with your insurance company. However, if the police are not able to come to the scene, you can also make a report through the DMV.
Have your car towed
First, call a nearby service center and ask if your car can be towed to their location. Call a tow truck, whether through your insurance company or AAA, and wait for them. They can give you a lift to the dealership, where you may be able to get a loaner vehicle while yours is being worked on.
Call your insurance company
Once you have the information for anyone else involved in the crash, you will need to then make a claim with your insurance company, or perhaps with the insurance company of the person responsible for the crash. Do your best to gather all the information you have, including photos of the damaged vehicles, the police report, and any other documentation of the scene.
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