Safety should always be your top priority at the scene of an accident. Remaining calm and following these steps can help ensure a smoother resolution to the situation. Here’s what you should do:
– Ensure Safety: If it’s safe to do so, move your vehicle to the side of the road to prevent further accidents or hazards. Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
-Check for Injuries: Assess yourself, passengers in your vehicle, and anyone else involved in the accident for injuries. Call emergency services immediately if anyone is injured or if there is significant damage to property.
-Call the Police: Regardless of the severity of the accident, it’s generally advisable to call the police and report the incident. They will document the scene and help with any necessary procedures.
-Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other party involved in the accident. Include names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance policy details.
-Document the Scene: Take photos of the accident scene, including the positions of vehicles, any damage sustained, road conditions, traffic signs, and any other relevant details. This documentation can be crucial for insurance claims and legal purposes.
-Avoid Admitting Fault: Refrain from admitting fault or assigning blame at the scene of the accident. Leave the determination of fault to insurance companies and legal authorities.
-Notify Your Insurance Company: Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible to report the accident and provide them with the necessary information. Follow their instructions regarding the claims process.
-Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don’t initially feel injured, it’s advisable to seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and documentation of medical treatment can be important for insurance claims.
-Stay at the Scene: Unless you require medical attention and emergency responders advise otherwise, remain at the scene of the accident until the police arrive and complete their investigation.
-Cooperate with Authorities: Provide accurate information to the police when they arrive and cooperate with their investigation. Follow their instructions and provide any additional details they may request.
–Call Mark C. Dewland P.C.: 609-472-1377