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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!