What You Need to Do after a Car Accident
Car accidents can be pretty traumatic events. It’s not uncommon to feel dazed and a bit confused right after you’ve been in one, especially if you’ve suffered an injury from it. This is especially true if it’s your first car accident. If you’ve never been in one before, it can be tough to know exactly what you should do.
The danger hasn’t passed once your car comes to a stop. You need to put safety first and foremost in the immediate aftermath of an accident. The very first thing you should do is check yourself for injuries. After that, check on any passengers you have. Move to a safe location, preferably the sidewalk or the side of the road.
Call Police and Document the Accident
Regardless of the severity of the accident, it’s a good idea to call the police. They can act as an intermediary between you and those in any other vehicles that were involved. They’ll also file a police report, which can help when you file a claim with us at Taylor Moore Insurance. You’ll need to exchange information like your name and contact information, your insurance information, drivers license, license plate number, the make, model, and color of the vehicles, and the location of the accident. Document as many details as you can. Take pictures of the scene and vehicles, get the names of the responding officers, and talk to any witnesses.
Talking to an insurance company may not be high on the list of things you want to do right now, but the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you out. You could wait until you get back home to call. If you call before you leave the scene, however, we can help you make sure you get all the information you need to file your claim. Resist the urge to put this step on the backburner. Letting us know that you’ve been in an accident sooner rather than later will only help us when we’re negotiating with the insurance providers of the other people involved.
Knowing what to do if you’ve been in a car accident before you find yourself in one can help you be prepared, should such an event occur. It’s not going to make you feel better physically, nor will it undo the damage that is done to your vehicle. Still, it can help make the aftermath go more smoothly. That alone can make it worth knowing what to do.
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