What To Do After A Crash
If you’re involved in a car crash, it’s important to know what to do. Not only can following the right steps help keep you safe, but can also help protect your legal rights and make the claims process easier if an accident occurs. Below we’ll discuss what you should do after a car crash. So, whether you’ve just been in a minor fender-bender or a major collision, read on for advice on how to handle the situation.
Steps to Take After a Car Crash
No matter how minor you think the car crash was, it’s important to take the following steps:
Check for Injuries
After a car crash, the first thing you should do is check for injuries. If you or any of your passengers are injured, call emergency services immediately.
Move to a Safe Location
Once you’ve checked for injuries, move your vehicle off of the road to a safe location. This will help prevent any further accidents from occurring. You should also put on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.
Exchange Information with the Other Driver
Once you’re in a safe location, exchange information with the other driver. You’ll want to get their name, contact information, insurance company and policy number, and licence plate number.
If you have a camera or smartphone with you, take pictures of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle, and the other driver’s vehicle. These photos can help prove what happened in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Contact the Police
Even if the accident was minor and there are no injuries, you should always call the police. The police will create an accident report, which can be helpful in the insurance claims process.
Get a Copy of the Police Report
After the police have left, get a copy of the accident report. This will likely have the case number, which you’ll need when you file an insurance claim.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Once you’ve taken care of everything at the accident scene, it’s time to contact your insurance company and let them know what happened. You’ll want to have all of the information from the other driver and any pictures you took when you make the call.
Review Your Insurance Policy
After a car accident, it’s a good idea to review your insurance policy to understand what coverage you have. This is also a good time to make sure you’re happy with the amount of coverage you have and that you’re getting the best possible rate.
Get Your Car Fixed
Once you’ve reviewed your insurance policy and filed a claim, it’s time to get your car fixed. If the damage is extensive, you may need to go through a rental car company or have your car towed to a repair shop.
As you get your car fixed, keep track of all of your expenses. This includes towing fees, rental car fees, and repair bills. You’ll need this information when you file an insurance claim.
By following these steps, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of others, as well as protect your legal rights down the road.
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