Did you realize that in 2007 alone there were well over six million car accidents reported in America? It’s true. And with over four million of them resulting in property damages, there were a lot of people needing to know what to do following an accident. It is always a good thing to know what you should do if are involved in one. Knowing the procedure can make a difference in getting things taken care of properly and promptly.
Knowing What to Do
Even minor accidents require the incident to be reported and the insurance companies to be involved. And even though we may think we are the safest driver in the country, we can’t always be prepared for what others on the road may be doing that can impact us.
If you are ever involved in an auto accident it will be important that you know what to do. For starters, always carry proper identification, as well as the registration information for your vehicle, and your proof of auto insurance. If you find you are involved in an accident, consider the following steps that you may need to follow, depending up on the severity of the impact:
- If it is safe to, move the vehicles out of the way of oncoming traffic. If your vehicle can’t be moved, wait for the police by standing far off the side of the road.
- If there are injuries, immediately call 911 or the police department to request assistance. At this point, you can also call your insurance agent to inform them of the accident.
- Let other drivers know by putting your emergency flashers on and using any cones you may have.
- You will need to offer your contact information to the other driver involved. Along with their first and last name, you will need their phone number, address, vehicle plate number, auto insurance policy information, and driver’s license number. Having a pen or pencil in your car will help with this process.
- If you have a camera, even on your cell phone, take photos of the scene and any damage.
- See if there are any witnesses, and if so, try to obtain their contact information in case the insurance agency needs to speak with them later.
- Avoiding signing anything that is not for a police officer or your own car insurance agent.
Working Through the Process
If you are involved in an accident it is important to not admit blame or argue about who is responsible. Those who remain calm, cool and collected will be far better off and will have an easier time working through it. The goal is to get the injured help and then work through the process to get your vehicle fixed and you back out on the road. While we may not be able to completely avoid accidents, we can be prepared for what to do.