Seven Steps to Protect Yourself After an Auto Accident

Imagine you are driving home after a long day at work in rush hour traffic. Cars are carelessly weaving in and out of lanes while rain is pouring down. Suddenly, your car starts skidding on the glass-like puddles after being struck by another car. Your airbag deploys and you come to a screeching stop. What do you do now? If you are not fully prepared to handle such a circumstance you may be unable to remember many of the necessary steps to protect yourself after a collision. Below are the seven vital steps to take after every car accident. Save a copy of these tips in your glove compartment so that you will always be fully prepared for any situation.

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Step One: Stop

  • Come to a complete stop in the safest area possible and shut off your vehicle.
  • In case of minor fender-benders pull your car to the side of the road.

Step Two: Assess

  • Check everyone involved in the accident for injuries. If injuries are present immediately call 911 for an ambulance.
  • If there are no injuries, call your local police department to repot your location.
  • If anyone is in possession of road flares or reflective triangles use caution placing them around the scene of the accident.

Step Three: Gather Information

  • Take down the other driver’s name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and vehicle identification.
  • Take photos of the other driver, their driver’s license, and insurance card.
  • Record the contact information of any passengers or witnesses.

Step Four: Documentation

  • Take photographs of the position of the cars, the passengers, the damage done to all vehicles involved.
  • If you don’t have a camera or cell phone, try to write down and describe these same details.
  • Make note of weather, traffic conditions, and location.

Steph Five: Report

  • Notify your insurance agency as soon as possible, however not while driving.
  • Your insurance agency will provide you with further instructions.

Step Six: No Statements

  • Do not sign anything, especially those that regard fault of releasing responsibility.
  • Save your side of the story for your insurance agent and the police.

Step Seven: Be Prepared

  • Be prepared and get insured; speak with Swingle Collins & Associates on becoming an insured driver today. Stop worrying. Start driving.

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