Getting into a car accident is a very stressful situation. In a time of need it’s helpful to know tips to help you stay calm so you can help yourself or others who may have been injured in the accident. Here are a few tips if ever you get into a car accident.
It’s important to get help for anyone injured in the accident but do not leave the scene. Call 911. Medical care within the first hour of injury is critical. Contact the police. They will let you know if an officer needs to be present at the scene of the accident.
Collect the contact information of anyone who was involved in the accident or who saw the accident. Insurance companies, medical officers, or police may need this information at a later time. Also collect the year, make, model, and license plate of any of the other vehicles involved.
Document the Accident
Use a digital camera, disposable camera, or the camera on your phone to document any damage caused in the accident. This will help you with your insurance claim.
File A Report
Just because no one may be seriously injured it is still necessary to file an accident report. A police report often helps insurance companies speed up the claims process and can help a claims adjuster.
It’s smart to keep a kit in your car just in case of emergencies.
Fill it with:
- A list of emergency contacts
- A first aid kit
- Jumper cables
- Rags or paper towels