Things to know if you’re in an accident

  1. Check to see if you or any passengers with you were injured in the automobile accident.
    Do not hesitate to call “911” for medical help if anyone needs medical attention. If anyone is unconscious, it is best not to move them unless absolutely necessary as moving them could make their injuries worse. If you must move injured people, make sure to keep their head and neck supported the entire time.
  2. Safely get out of the way of traffic.
    If your car does not work, turn on your warning lights or open your hood to warn other drivers in the area. Your safety is most important.
  3. Call the police if the auto accident involves damage, injury or death.
    This is very important to remember. Hit-and-run driving is never tolerated.
  4. Obtain information from the all other drivers and witnesses involved in the car accident.
    Name: Address: City: Home Number: Mobile Number: Work Number: Email: Insurance Company: Policy Number: Coverage Limits (liability):
  5. Obtain police officers information.
    Name: Badge: Number: City:
  6. Write down the car accident information.
    Date: Time: Car Description: Make: Model: Year: Color: State: Other Car's License Plate Number:
  7. Take pictures of everything involved in the car accident, as long as it can be done safely.
    These pictures should include each car driver, each automobile in the car accident showing any property damage, skid marks, any other damage to property, as well as the location of the automobile accident. The more pictures the better. When in doubt, take pictures. It is a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment or trunk. If there are no other cameras available, then you should use a cell phone camera. Pictures may help your automobile insurance company determine how much you should be paid for your injuries.
  8. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
    Sometimes there are injuries right after an accident takes place, but many people who are injured do not realize it right after an accident. Therefore, it is always wise to see your doctor to make sure that you are ok.
  9. Before speaking to the insurance company, make sure to consult an experienced auto accident attorney.
    Many times the insurance companies will try to settle for less than you deserve, especially when injuries are involved. It is a great idea to find out all of your options before agreeing to anything.
  10. Create an auto accident diagram.
    A visual aid will help you describe your car accident.
  11. Be Prepared:

    Always keep your vehicle stocked with Emergency Supplies

    • Bottled water
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Dried/non-perishable food
    • Jumper cables
    • Disposable camera