Eight Important Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

Eight Important Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be stressful and cause you to become somewhat confused. At that moment, there is a good chance that a hundred questions are going through your mind as to what you should do and you not knowing where to start.


Following are eight important steps you should take after you’ve been in an auto accident:


  1. If you’re injured — call 911 or ask someone else to do this for you. Try not to move if your injuries are serious and wait for emergency services to arrive.
  2. Check your passengers for injuries — if you are able to, check your passengers. If they are injured, call 911 or get a bystander to make the call for you.
  3. Get to safety — move to the side of the road or onto a sidewalk. If your car is okay to drive and is causing a disturbance to traffic, then move to a safe place. Otherwise, leave your car where it is and move yourself to a safe place.
  4. Call the police — apart from it being a legal requirement in some states, it is extremely important to call the police after an accident. They will document the scene and complete and accident report.
  5. Wait for help to arrive — switch off your engine, turn your hazard lights on and warn oncoming cars to slow down by using road flares.
  6. Exchange information — exchange the following information with the other driver involved, after making sure that you and your passengers are uninjured.
    1. Full name and contact details
    2. Insurance company and policy number
    3. License plate and driver’s license numbers
    4. Type, model and color of vehicle
    5. Location where the accident occurred
  7. Document the accident — protect yourself by taking the following steps:
    1. Get the names and badge numbers of all responding police officers
    2. Find out from them where you can get a copy of the accident report
    3. Take photographs of your vehicle from all sides after the accident, making sure to show the damage that was done to both vehicles, to document what happened. You might want to take a photograph the license plate of the other vehicle too.
    4. Make a note of the names and contact details of everyone involved, including the passengers in the other vehicle.
    5. Take down the names and contact details of witnesses, if any, as well.
  8. Notify your insurance company and start your claims process (but call a car accident attorney first) — it might be a good idea to make a call to your insurance agent while you are still at the accident scene. By doing this, they can let you know exactly what they need from you, in order to get your claim processed.  


In Summary

Make a copy of this information page of Steps to Take After an Auto Accident to keep in your car at all times. This will help you to reduce the stress and confusion that most people experience after they have been involved in a motor vehicle accident.