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What to Do After a Car Accident?

Accidents can strike at any moment, and most of the time they happen when we least expect them. One second everything is moving along as planned, and the next your world is turned upside down in literally the blink of an eye. And, while nothing can truly prepare us for such an extreme situation, there are a few simple things you can do to help avoid mistakes and simplify the claims process.

What should you do with this list? Read it and keep it close. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to print this out and keep it handy so you can refer to it in the event of an emergency.

Here are our steps for reacting to a car accident.

  1. Stop the Car

First, if you are in an accident, stop immediately and, if possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road.

  1. Remain Calm

We realize this might be difficult but it is the single most important thing for you to do. Keeping a level head and focusing on the situation will help you make better decisions and to appropriately react to the situation.

  1. DO NOT Claim Responsibility

Whatever you do, do NOT claim responsibility for the accident. Do not sign papers, accept fault, agree to pay anything or even insinuate you may have been responsible. Assigning blame is for law enforcement. Don’t walk down that path.

  1. Call 911

Before you even exit your vehicle, stop and call 911. The officers will take control of the scene, handle witness interviews, take statements, and fill out the accident report. You will need all of this information for your claim and it is best collected by a neutral third party such as the responding officer.

  1. Investigate Injuries and Check for Intoxication

After dialing 911 check for any injuries on your own person and then check others. At this point it is important to closely observe the other driver and look for signs that they might be under the influence of prescription drugs or that they may be intoxicated. Report any suspicions you might have to the responding officer when they arrive.

  1. Exchange Insurance and Relevant Information

If you have been involved in an accident you will need the following information from the other party:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Insurance Information
  • Driver’s License Number
  • License Plate Number
  1. Know your Policy

Take the time before you get into an accident to read and understand your own insurance coverage. There is specific information, such as towing costs and rental cars, that you will need to know immediately and may not have the time to look up.

If you have already been in an automobile accident and have questions, please feel free to reach out at any time. The team at Alexander Shunnarah & Associates stands ready to help you navigate the process of filing a claim and will help ensure you receive full and fair compensation. Contact us today at 1-800-229-7989