We’ve written before about the auto product defects that can lead to many car wrecks across the country — but what are you supposed to do when you get into an auto accident? What information should you be sure to exchange with other parties? Below is a quick “to-do” list for those unfortunate circumstances.
1. Check yourself and others for injury
If you or anyone else involved is injured, call 911 or ask someone nearby to do so. Even if you do not believe you are seriously injured, it is important to be seen by medical personnel. The adrenaline of being in an accident can mask potentially serious injuries. If you have any symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, it is important to be assessed by a medical professional.
2. Get to safety
If your vehicle comes to a rest on a roadway, move out of the danger of oncoming traffic if at all possible.
3. Wait for help
Turn off the car engine and turn on hazard lights until emergency services arrive to ensure everyone’s safety.
4. Contact the police
Whether an accident is considered a minor or a major collision, it is important to call the police to file a report. Some states require police be called to the scene. Officers will document and report the scene, which will be important if you later make any type of claim.
5. Exchange information
List of information to collect after a car accident about the driver: Name of driver, address of driver, phone number or other contact information
List of information to collect about the other driver’s insurance: Insurance company name, policy number
List of information to collect about the other vehicle involved: Vehicle description, registration info, license number
List of information to collect about the other car in the accident: Date and time of the accident, address, direction of travel, details of what happened, photos, and witness information