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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.

Be Prepared

     • 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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