A car accident is not something you see coming. You are fine one second, and the next you find your life turned upside down. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, you can still be involved in a crash.
If you are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, it is important that you take the appropriate steps. Here are five things you should do:
— Don’t attempt to move if you have been injured and require medical attention.
— Do your best to remain calm regardless of what is going on around you.
— If possible, turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure that others are aware of the accident and take caution.
— Contact the police. Even if you are involved in a minor accident, it is important for the police to visit the scene to create a report.
— Take photos of the accident scene, including damage to your vehicle.
Final tip: once you are able to do so, contact your insurance agent to discuss the accident. They can provide you with additional advice on what to do next.
By following these steps after a car accident, you will feel much better about your ability to remain calm and take care of anything that comes your way.
It is never easy to deal with a car crash. You will have a lot going on around you. You will have many questions to answer. There is nothing more important than your health and making sure that everybody in your vehicle is safe. From there, you can make decisions related to the accident itself.
Source: State Farm, “What to Do After an Auto Accident,” accessed Sep. 15, 2015