Car accidents are unfortunate, but are seemingly experienced by everyone at some point in life no matter how careful of a driver you are. That’s because while you are being careful there is bound to be someone else out there who is not paying attention to the road. So, we’ve put together a list of steps to remember if you ever get in an accident.
First, you should check for injuries. If you are not sure, then call 911 for an ambulance just to be on the safe side. Don’t move anyone who might have a neck or spine injury. And if you are forced to stay in your car as a result of an injury then keep your seatbelt on because another car may not see your car if it is stuck in the roadway and cause further damage to you and the car.
Once you have determined that there are no serious injuries and if it is safe to do so take pictures of the accident scene from several different angles. These will come in handy if you end up having to go to court to prove you’re not at fault.
As soon as possible, though, you’re going to want to move your vehicle from the roadway. This is to prevent further damage to your car, other driver’s cars and roadway backups. Bottom line, if there is a shoulder area, parking lot or other safe spot in which you can pull over, then do so.
Whether you can or cannot move your vehicle to safety, you should turn your hazard lights on. We know that the normal person may not carry around flares or cones in their car but if you do have them then they are a good idea to use in order to warn other drivers of what is ahead.
You also should be getting the following information from all other involved drivers: names, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, insurance information, and the year, make, model and color of their vehicle(s).
Even if you think it isn’t necessary, you should also get contact information of any witnesses to the accident. The insurance company won’t take testimony from anyone that was inside either of the cars involved in the collision. And plenty of drivers have gotten screwed over because they had no witnesses to prove it wasn’t their fault. So, #1 take away from all this: get contact info from witnesses if there are any.
One of the final steps is to report the accident to your insurance company. The faster your create a claim the faster it can get resolved. If there is body damage that you wish to have fixed, whether it will be covered or not, one of our three Preston Auto Group Body Shops will work with you or your insurance company to get you a quick estimate and get you back out on the road as soon as possible. You can even get an estimate without bringing your car into our shop by using your smartphone. We have an app that can be used on desktop or mobile where you can upload pictures of the damage and get an estimate back right over the phone! Check out our Ribbit Quick Estimate App by clicking the link!
Hopefully you are never involved in an auto accident, but if you are and you remember all of these steps, then you should be able to handle it quickly and efficiently without any hassle.