Helpful Tips for What To Do If Your In An Auto AccidentPosted: July 19, 2018
Your fault not your fault, accidents happen. As much as we prepare, getting auto insurance, wearing our seat belt, taking a defensive driving course, we also need to be prepared for what to do on the scene when an accident happens to you.
Immediately stop your vehicle or do not move it from the place it has stopped.
As hard as it may be at this time, keep calm. The leg work you do at the scene will help you later in case of any disputes.
Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Call the police immediately.
Check the other vehicle for injuries to report them as well if they have not or are unable to call.
Report the accident right away ( most auto insurance policies require notification of police within a specified time period if the accident is a hit and run)
Get names from all drivers as well as license plate(s) and vehicle identification numbers.
Get names, addresses, and telephone numbers of other passengers and any witnesses.
Use a camera or your cell phone to take different angles of the accident with all the cars involved, damage to your vehicle, the accident scene for traffic lights, signs, etc.
• If anyone is injured or the vehicle damage exceeds $750.00, you must report the accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days.
Failure to notify the DMV may result in the suspension of your driver’s license.
Notify your agent and/or your insurance company right away.
You should also be aware of things NOT TO DO
Do Not – Argue with other drivers and passengers. Tell your story to the police and your insurance company.
Do Not – Sign statements regarding fault or promises to pay for damage.
Do Not – Sign anything releasing the other party from further responsibility. Example: If another party offers to pay your deductible.
By releasing the other party, you jeopardize your insurance company’s right, which may lead to the company may refusing to pay for damage to your car.