Even the most careful drivers have an accident from time to time. Because having an accident isn’t a common occurrence, follow these steps to ensure a smooth process.
Stay calm. Getting upset only makes a bad situation worse. Maintain your composure even if the other person doesn’t.
Check for injuries and call the police. Even if the accident is minor call. Notify them of injuries so that they can call for medical assistance.
Don’t leave the scene of an accident. Even if the other driver says its okay, they could later file for injuries or you could be accused of a hit and run. Wait for the police to arrive as they provide an objective witness.
Don’t move an injured person — unless they are in immediate danger.
Try to protect the scene of the accident. Don’t move your vehicle unless it impedes traffic or it’s necessary to prevent further damage.
Don’t blame the accident on anyone – including yourself. Give your full description of the accident only to the police officer.
Exchange information with the other driver. Take notes of:
- the license plate number, make, model & color of other vehicles
- names & addresses of all drivers/passengers
- drivers license numbers
- note if driver is different from vehicle owner
- insurance company information
- name and address of witnesses
Take photos. Use your cell phone to document the accident scene and damage to all vehicles.
Ask the officer where you can get a copy of the police report.
If you hit an object or unattended vehicle, try to find the owner. If you can’t, leave a note containing your name, address and phone number. Record the details of the accident.
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