If you’re ever unfortunate enough to get in a car accident, there are several steps you should take quickly to ensure the safety of yourself and anyone else involved in the crash.
First, try not to panic. It would be easy to in a situation like that, but just take a deep breath. Also be sure to check yourself for injuries, then make sure any passengers in your car are awake and unhurt. If there are injuries beyond scratches and scrapes, call an ambulance—better safe than sorry.
For minor accidents, if no one is hurt and the damage isn’t bad, move your car off of the road. This will keep you from blocking traffic and causing more accidents to occur. Turn on your hazard lights and put out cones if you have them so oncoming cars know to avoid you.
Get the information of anyone else involved in the accident, and call the police. No incident is too minor for police to get involved. Then notify your insurance agent. Take notes while you’re on the scene so you have them for insurance claims. If other drivers are involved, don’t get into arguments with them about whose fault it was. You can argue that later with the insurance companies. Talk to them as little as possible and give as much information as you can to the police and the insurance company.
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