Eight Simple Steps to Follow After You’re in an Accident
You’re driving down the road with friends or family and suddenly you and another vehicle collide. You are immediately in a state of panic sitting in the drivers seat. Hear are some guidelines to help you through the troubling problem.
- Remain calm. After a collision in an automobile, a person feels varying and multiple emotions which can affect the way he or she handles the situation. It’s best to calm yourself down by using whichever methods work best for you such as deep breathing or counting to some arbitrary number. Once you are calm, you are better able to handle the situation.
- Check for injuries. Depending on the seriousness of the wreck, there may be people injured. If it’s a minor injury, try to assist the person. However, for more serious injuries, call an ambulance immediately.
- Call the police. Once everyone is safe, call the local law enforcement and inform them with the current facts.
- Write everything down. Get all information of anyone directly involved with the accident such as names, driver license numbers, date of birth, addresses, ect. You should always take down the cars license plate number. Also, get information from witnesses as the police may want to contact them.
- Contact your insurance agent. The sooner you get in touch with your agent, the quicker they can help you get back on the road.
- Do not sign any documents that are unfamiliar. Signing something without knowing what it is a dangerous practice. Ask the police or your insurance agent to explain what your are signing.
- If you cannot drive your vehicle away from the scene of the accident, you will need to contact a tow truck to come get your vehicle. Once they arrive, you can inform the driver where you’d like to take your vehicle. It can be towed to your home or an auto body repair shop.
- Lastly, ask questions. The police and your insurance agent may assume that you know what you should do next. If you don’t know, feel free to ask questions. Even if you’re just slightly confused about a situation, it’s better to ask now than find out how it can hurt you later.
If you have any questions on this process, feel free to give Midway Collision Center at 715 Central Avenue in Kearney a call and we’d be happy to help. Midway Collision Center works with all major insurance companies and offers loaner cars as well as free estimates and a lifetime warranty.