Hopefully, you are never forced to deal with this, but as accidents do happen, and you never know when you might be involved in an auto collision. Should you find yourself in an accident, you’ll need to follow concrete steps. These instructions will help make sure everyone is safe, the proper authorities are contacted, and that you are covered for insurance and even legal purposes. At Brown’s Collision Center, we want to make sure you’re well taken care of, which is why our collision repair team recommends following these ten steps to take after an accident:
1. Check Yourself and Your Passengers for Injuries
Your safety is most important here. If you’re seriously injured, skip to step 4 and call 911. Even if you’re injured, but it’s not critical, check the passengers in your vehicle for injuries.
2. Check the Other Drivers For Injuries
Check to make sure any other drivers involved are not injured. In the event of an accident, the essential steps are always centered around human safety. As long as everyone is relatively injury-free, you can move on to step 3. If there is an injury that needs immediate attention, skip to step 4.
3. Move to a Safe Location if Possible
Whenever possible, you’ll want to move your vehicle to a safe location. If there is a shoulder in the road or a side street just up ahead, try to move your car there away from traffic. This will help reduce the chance of additional accidents and injuries. If your vehicle is not drivable, then leave it there and move yourself and the other people involved in a safe location.
4. Contact the Police or 911
If there were no injuries with the accident (at least significant injuries), you’d want to call the police. 911 is for emergencies only, and while it might feel like an emergency, you don’t want to block the 911 line with a fender-bender call. If, however, someone has been injured and they need medical attention, call 911.
5. Document Everything
If you have a camera on your phone. Document everything. There is no such thing as too many pictures. Take pictures of your vehicle, the other vehicles, of skid marks, of damage, and everything else you can think of. Take photos from multiple angles.
6. Exchange Information
Exchange insurance and contact information with those involved in the accident.
7. Wait For the Police to Arrive
Wait for the police. They will create a record of the accident and give you documentation of it.
8. Contact Your Insurance Provider
When you contact your insurance provider, make sure you have the documentation on hand that the police gave you. It will have a case number on it that your insurance provider will ask you about.
9. Tow Your Vehicle to a Collision Repair Center
Tow your vehicle to a local collision repair center. You may want to do this before step 8, so you’ll have a more significant say in where your car is repaired.
10. Schedule an Appointment with Your Doctor
See your doctor. Sometimes injuries will flare up, later on, so you’ll want to make sure to visit your doctor so he or she can detect these issues as soon as possible.
The better prepared you are for such an accident, the better, so make sure to follow these ten steps to take after a crash. Then, when you need auto repairs, make sure to visit our collision repair service center. Our team will help you through the rest. And if you have further questions, concerns, or want to schedule an appointment, feel free to give Brown’s Collision Center a call at your earliest convenience.