Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Experiencing a car accident can be unsettling, and navigating the aftermath may seem overwhelming. Here’s a guide on what to do:

Check for Injuries:

Inspect yourself and passengers for injuries.

Avoid moving anyone seriously injured and call 911 immediately.

If safe, check on other involved drivers.

Move to Safety:

If drivable, move your car to the side of the road with hazard lights on.

Turn off your vehicle after relocating.

If immovable, prioritize moving yourself and passengers to a safe area.

Contact the Police:

Dial 911 or the nonemergency police number based on the accident’s severity.

Some situations may legally require police involvement.

Prompt police contact initiates a vital incident report for insurance claims.

Document and Exchange Information:

Note the accident location, take comprehensive scene pictures.

Capture various angles and all vehicle damages.

Exchange information with other drivers: name, address, contact, insurance details, license, plate, and vehicle specifics.

Request contact information from willing bystanders.

Obtain the Police Report:

Document officers’ names and badge numbers at the scene.

Inquire about obtaining a copy of the incident report.

The report is crucial for insurance claims.

Contact Your Insurer:

Call your insurance agent promptly after the accident.

Consider reaching out from the scene if possible.

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