Car Accident Tips
by Marilyn Mozer 07/29/2014
Car accidents can be very stressful. Even the most careful drivers may be involved. Read the tips below to learn what you should do if you’re involved in a car accident.
• Emergency flares in your trunk to help alert traffic. • It also helps to have a pen and a card with any relevant medical information for you and your family.
Immediately After an Accident
• Take a deep breath and stay calm. • Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt. • If accident is minor, move cars to a safe place, out of traffic. • Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights and use cones, warning triangles or flares for safety. • Call the police, even if the accident is minor. • Notify your insurance agent immediately.
Other Important Tips
• Do not sign any document unless it's for the police or your insurance agent. • Take pictures and make immediate notes about the accident, including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, etc. • If the name on an auto registration is different than the driver, jot down the relationship. • Be polite, but don't tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was. • State only the facts, and limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent. • If possible, don't leave the accident scene before the police.
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