Steps to Take After a Car Accident
We’ve all been there – you stop too soon or not soon enough, you check your mirrors but a car is in your blind spot…you’ve just been in a car accident. When this happens, where do you start?
Research shows that an estimated 10 million vehicle accidents happen in the US annually ranging from small fender benders to totaling collisions. Here’s the good news: we’ve put together the steps to take in the event that you have a collision.
6 Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Call the Police. After the accident occurs pull the vehicle to the side of the road or out of harm’s way, if possible. Once you have established that anyone involved is not injured, call the police.
Survey the Damage. Survey each vehicles damage. Make sure to take photographic evidence of all cars damaged.
Gather Information. We recommend that you always call the police to file an official report but also make sure to get the other parties information. You will need:
- Personal Information. Name, Address, Phone Number.
- License Plate Numbers.
- Insurance Information. Insurance Company’s Name and Contact Number.
- Driving Conditions. Time, Date, and Road Conditions.
Get the Police Report. Although you may be thorough in examining the other vehicles involved in the collision, the police report serves as public record if anything were to “pop up” after the accident.
Start the Claims Process. As soon as you’ve completed the previous steps, call your insurance agent immediately. It is important to start the claims process as soon as possible. The agent will help you navigate the collision information aftermath and can also help with rental cars if needed. Insurers want the claims process to be as easy as possible for the policy holder, and the faster you make that call, the better.
Check Your Claims Status. You will need to check the status of your claim with your agent frequently. Typically, these agents will contact you but it is important to keep track for your own records.
Getting in a car accident can be an alarming experience for everyone involved. The more prepared you are the better you can handle any situation that might come your way because of an accident.