Just about everyone gets into some kind of car accident in their lifetime. While you may be a careful driver, you just can’t account for everyone else’s behavior. This makes fender benders and pile ups almost an inevitability, but whole they may be unavoidable, you can certainly mitigate lots of the stress by knowing what to do. In a situation like that, you may be in shock and not know how to handle things, but we’ve got a checklist of what you should do immediately after a car accident.
Inform the Police
While not every car accident requires the involvement of law enforcement, it can sometimes be useful to have a record of the incident. Accidents on private property, including parking lots, don’t always call for the police. Some localities will only send an officer if someone is injured. If possible, though, try to get a police officer involved for record keeping purposes.
Keep it Cool
Getting into a car accident is stressful. Stressful enough that you may feel compelled to yell and scream at the other party. Just remember that doing so will only make navigating issues all that more difficult, plus there’s the fact that first responders are going to be more likely to go out of their way to help you if you’re keeping everything civil.
You may believe that you were at fault for causing the accident, but that’s not always your determination to make. Your insurance company or even the police could have plenty to say and investigate the accident, only to find that a witness or piece of physical evidence clears you out any wrongdoing. It’s important not to discuss specifics of the accident or who was at fault while at the scene. Wait until afterwards to duke out fault.
Everyone has a smart phone these days, so use it to your advantage by taking photos of vehicles, insurance cards, driver’s licenses, and license plates. Gathering as much info as you can and having the documentation should things go to court can go a long way in keeping you safe.
Once you’ve dealt with the police, you’re going to want to call your insurance company. What follows is an often lengthy claim process that can be difficult, but it’s important you get the repairs you need and get back on the road.
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