Do you know what to do when involved in a car accident?
You need to know what to do when you were driving and you hit another vehicle or a pedestrian. When car accidents happen, injuries may be severe and emotions might run high. Even so, there are important things to take care of at the scene and soon afterwards.
A wise idea would be to print out a check list and keep it in your car’s glove compartment. This wil help you to take care of all important matters, step by step, even when shock has affected your thought process.
Your handy check list
- Stay at the scene.
You should never leave the scene until it is appropriate to do so. If you leave the scene, particularly where someone has sustained injuries or was killed, you could face serious criminal penalties for being a hit-and-run driver.
- Check on all drivers and passengers.
Before assessing damage, make sure everyone else involved is okay. Get medical attention for anyone who needs it.
- Call the police.
Ask that a police report be filed and get the name and badge numbers of any responding law enforcement officers.
- Exchange information.
Get names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers and basic insurance information from other drivers. Also get details of passengers in the vehicles involved. Do not apologize for anything!
- Talk to witnesses.
Ask what they saw, make notes and get their contact details.
- Inform your Insurance Company.
Give your insurance company the true information of the accident and your injuries, as soon as possible.
- Take pictures.
Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle immediately after the accident.
- Keep track of your medical treatment.
Make a note of medical professionals that you receive treatment from. Keep a detailed account of medication, procedures and treatments you receive and request copies of medical reports and bills.