What should you do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident? IT seems like a simple question with an obvious answer (or answers), right? But in fact, when you are actually in that moment, it can be a very chaotic and stressful time. So much so, that an average person who may have an idea of what he or she is supposed to do when they are in a car accident ends up not acting on those thoughts at all. Instead, they panic and make things worse.
So today, let’s talk about what you should do, and what you should avoid, after you get into a car accident.
- The first is to stay at the scene. This seems obvious now, but some people panic and flee the scene of an accident. Don’t do this: it turns your accident into a criminal act.
- Once you have remained at the scene, check on the other people involved in the crash. Call 911 if necessary and help out as best you can.
- If you are able to, you should gather information from the accident scene. Take photos with your cellphone and talk to witnesses, if there were any. If there were, ask them if they are comfortable making a statement about the crash.
- You’ll need to exchange information with the other people involved in the crash, and then you will need to contact your car insurance provider to inform them of the crash.