Many of us know–or think we know–how to best conduct ourselves following an auto accident. The problem is that no one ever expects an accident to occur, and when it does, panic rather than clear thinking may prevail, at least in the immediate aftermath. So we would like to offer a few tips on proper conduct at the scene of an auto accident; you may be familiar with some of them, but we think they’re well worth reiterating.
Stay Put & Survey the Scene
Although it may seem obvious to most, one should never flee from the scene of an accident. This is truly one of the greatest mistakes any driver can make. When engaged in a collision, pull your vehicle to the side of the road, apply the handbrake, and activate any available hazard lights.
Next, it’s imperative that you assess your current surroundings, post-crash, to ensure that no involved parties have been injured. Tending to the wellbeing of vehicular passengers should always take precedence if any serious injury has occurred. Police & emergency responders should be contacted immediately if medical attention needs to be administered.
One of the most important steps to take following an auto accident is getting the contact information from all involved motorists. Be sure to take down full names, license ID numbers, addresses, auto insurance information, telephone numbers and vehicle registration numbers. It may also prove advantageous to note the make and model of all the vehicles involved in the collision. You will also want to take pictures and write down other details, such as the weather and road conditions.
We recommend getting the contact information of other involved passengers, anyone who has been injured, and if possible, any witnesses. However, you should discuss the accident only with police at the scene.
Call your Auto Insurance Provider
When all proper information has been exchanged, it’s best to contact both the police and your auto insurance provider. It’s encouraged that all involved drivers file a report with the proper legal authorities to ensure that an accurate record of the incident is kept on file. One should also get in touch with their auto insurance provider to learn of the next step they should take en route to repairing their vehicle and gaining reimbursement.
Though many of the aforementioned points may seem rather self-explanatory, countless drivers neglect them after becoming entangled in a fender bender. Follow these steps, and ensure that the moments following any automotive mishap run smoothly. Whether you were responsible for the collision or not, attempt to conduct yourself with grace and dignity throughout this entire process.
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