What to do after a car accident
You may be wondering what you need to do after a car accident? If you’ve been involved in a car accident for the first time, chances are likely that your stress level will be very high. Do your best to stay calm. The first thing to do after you’ve experienced an accident is to make sure you and the other passengers involved, if any, are okay. The professionals at Collision Centerz list the most important steps to take after a car accident. We want to make sure that all of our customers are safe on the road and feel ready to take the necessary steps to ensure their safety if involved in a car accident.
Call the Police in a Safe Area
After you have ensured that you and your passengers are okay, you will want to call the police. The police will ask both parties to fill out an accident report. It’s important that you try to give them as much information as possible because this is a document that you’ll use if you file an insurance claim. The police will also be there to make sure everyone around is okay and help to monitor traffic. It’s important that you do your best not to put blame or admit fault with the outside party. You can exchange contact information with the other party, but try not to discuss the accident before the police arrive. At this point, both parties may be in shock and the best thing to do is to remain calm.
Get Photos of the Accident
If you are physically able to get out of the vehicle and if it’s safe to do so with oncoming traffic, get out of the car and take photos of the accident. You want to try to get photos of the damaged vehicles, the location of the collision, any injuries you and/or your passengers may have as a result of the accident, and your surroundings (e.g. road, traffic light, road signs, etc.). Again, this step is only to be taken if you are sure that it’s safe to step out of your vehicle and move around. If you are on a busy roadway, it’s best to get to the safest spot possible while waiting for the police.
Exchange Contact Information After
As stated earlier, if it’s safe to step outside of your vehicle and your injuries are not significant, only then should you go ahead and exchange contact information with other parties involved. Remember not to put blame or admit fault with the other party. You can exchange your names, phone numbers, insurance information, and driver’s license numbers.
Seek medical attention
If you are in severe pain and are unable to move, the police will make sure that emergency responders are on their way to help. However, if you are not taken to the hospital immediately, you should still seek medical attention for minor sprains, bruises, or strains. Many times, injuries many not present symptoms until days later. If you have filed a claim with the other parties’ insurance company and they see that you didn’t seek medical attention within the first week following the accident, they may question if that injury was really a result of the accident.
Get in touch with Insurance Company
When you are safely to your destination – whether that’s at home, work, or a local coffee shop – contact your insurance company. You will want to report the accident with them. Collision Centerz professionals always recommend that you are in a calm state of mind because everything that you share with them may be recorded. Once you share any details with your insurance company or the other parties’ insurance company, those details are what they base their decisions on. The team at Collision Centerz want to make sure that our customers and everyone else on the road are kept as safe as possible. Not only here in Ogden but everywhere in Utah and the nation. Contact our friendly team for any additional questions.