So You’ve Been in an Accident. What next?

by Joe Ferguson on December 24, 2012

Many of us have been in a car accident and know how scary or irritating this unfortunate event can be. No one can predict when a collision is going to happen, but it’s imperative to have a general idea of how to handle the aftermath.

There are some things you can do to prepare in the event of a sudden impact. Besides having a trusted automotive repair specialist on hand, have a quick list of a possible plan of action in case you find yourself in this precarious predicament.

A Few Quick Collision Tips

•    If you’re in a low impact collision with no injuries and the cars involved can drive, move them over to the shoulder of the road. This allows any traffic build-up to keep moving and ensures that your cars aren’t involved in yet another accident from any motorists who may not be paying attention to the road.

•    Take Pictures!

Almost everyone has a camera phone these days. Make sure to snap a few shots at the scene of the accident. Take a series of photos clearly depicting the wreck; be sure that all of the vehicles involved are in the picture.

A picture of just your own car proves nothing on insurance claims. Getting the entire scene of the accident in the photo is good practice because instead of just having your word to go on, you have photographic evidence of what events transpired.

•    Always Exchange Information

Be sure to receive all of the information necessary to file an insurance claim. Even if you’re responsible for the accident, you’ll want to have the information of the poor soul you smacked your car into.

•    Call The Authorities

You may not feel like calling the police and bothering them over a small fender-bender, but it’s good to have a police record of the event. If there are any injuries, even small, call emergency services. There’s no point in risking your health to avoid an ambulance ride. A small injury now could progress into a major problem down the road.

Naturally, if you’re in a more serious accident, your main concern should be the safety of yourself and others involved. When in an injurious collision, calling 911 and getting help to those who have been hurt should be priority #1, no matter who’s responsible.

When you’ve finally had insurance paperwork sorted, be sure to get your car to a repair expert who can get your car in working order and back on the road.


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