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Learn What to Do If You Get into a Car Accident

By admin on July 26, 2018

Didn’t see that car in your blind spot? Hit from behind at a stoplight? Mistakes happen. Luckily, Central Collision has you covered. Follow these simple steps below to make sure the situation doesn’t become even more stressful.

  1. Safety Comes First
  • If possible, move your vehicle out of traffic and into a safe space.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in park, turn off the engine, turn on your hazard lights.
  • Check for injuries to yourself, your passengers, and passengers of other vehicles involved in the incident.
  1. Get Help
  • If there are any serious injuries, call 911 and request an ambulance.
  • Do not attempt to move anyone that has been seriously injured.
  • Even if the accident is minor, call the police to file a report.
  1. Collect Information
  • Drivers and passengers: names and contact information
  • Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year)
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • License plate numbers
  • Insurance companies and policy numbers
  • Names and contact information of witnesses
  • Location of the accident, closest address if possible
  • Police officer’s name and badge number
  • Take photos of the scene (only if it is safe to do so)
  1. Remain Calm and Cooperate with Police
  • Do not admit responsibility for the accident, even if you believe you were at fault.
  • Do not blame other drivers for the accident.
  • Allow police to determine who, if anyone, was at fault in the crash.
  1. File a Claim
  • Call your insurance company and report the incident as soon as possible.
  • Give them your information and the information you gathered at the scene.
  • Let the agent know that a police report has been filed.

Following these five steps will help ensure that all of your bases are covered. Don’t let this type of situation become more of a headache than it needs to be!

For more helpful advice or to learn more about our services, contact Central Collision at (419) 841-2525 or visit our website.