Leave the scene

No matter how minor the accidents seems to be, always stop.  It’s important to stop and exchange information with all parties involved.  Once you have exchanged information it is then time to call the police so an accurate and official account of the accident can be taken.  

Fleeing the scene of the accident is a crime, so make sure you always stop and exchange information.  You never know when a problem caused by the accident will occur, not everything is noticeable immediately and you might find internal car damage or physical pain after the incident.

Not call the police

Always call the police and get an accident report taken.  It will help protect you in the long run.  You never know if someone’s contact or insurance information is up to date or even real.  Individuals might try to participate in insurance fraud and claim the accident or their injuries were much worse than they really were.  Calling the police insures that you are protected.  

Forget to Document

Whatever you do, don’t lose the other person information.  You’ll need the other parties name(s), insurance carrier, policy number, make and model of their car, and the license plate number.  If there are any witnesses, get their names and phone numbers as well.  

Take your time and clear your head.  Think about the details of the crash.  What street were you on, what did you see, where was the other car?  Give the most detailed description on the accident report and make sure you receive a copy of it.  Take photos of the accident and any injuries that have occurred.

Forget About it

Once you leave the scene of an accident a lot of things can happen.  You begin to calm down and during this time, is when you should be taking your next steps.  Where does your car need to be towed or taken?  Have you called your insurance company yet?  That should be the first thing that you do and register your claim.  Find out what your insurance covers and what your next steps are.  Don’t be afraid to stay on top of the insurance companies as well.  Don’t let your claim fall to the wayside.  

Related Articles

Can Minor Rear-End Collisions Cause Hidden Damage?

Can Minor Rear-End Collisions Cause Hidden Damage?

Rear end collisions make up for roughly one third of all car accidents in the United States, making them the most common form of collision. While the cosmetic aspects are easily fixed, can a minor rear end collision also cause hidden damage? It’s important to...

Tips to Drive More Safely in the Fall

Tips to Drive More Safely in the Fall

There are so many things to love about the fall. From the changing leaves, carving pumpkins, or the perfect weather for sweaters. When it comes to driving though, some tips to drive more safely in the fall may come in handy.  From summer to fall, the changes in...

How Can I Find the Best Collision Repair Shop for My Vehicle?

How Can I Find the Best Collision Repair Shop for My Vehicle?

Damage to your car following a motor vehicle accident is entirely unforeseen and can be the cause of a lot of physical, mental, and financial stress. Finding a collision repair shop following damage to your vehicle, whether it be serious damage or just a broken...

Social Distancing After an Auto Accident

Social Distancing After an Auto Accident

As the COVID-19 pandemic has created less traffic and congestion on the roads because of the majority staying home, there will unfortunately still be incidents where drivers are involved in collisions. Learning how to maintain social distancing after an auto accident...

What is a Collision Avoidance System

What is a Collision Avoidance System

Getting behind the wheel of your vehicle is something that we all do almost every day. While driving you’ve more than likely had one of those heart stopping moments when you almost hit something, or maybe sadly you did hit something. A collision avoidance system is an advanced technology created to help prevent these moments leading to a vehicle collision.

These things happen every day without warning. The car in front of you slams on their breaks. Maybe something runs out in the street. Any type of distraction that catches your attention for a split second can all lead to the high danger of a vehicle collision.

8 Steps To Take When In An Auto Collision

8 Steps To Take When In An Auto Collision

Quick summary of 8 Steps to take when in an auto collision StopSecure everyone's safetyTake precautionary measures to protect your rightNotify your insurance company Call an attorney Seek medical attentionAvoid a quick settlementTake your car to an auto body shop An...