If you have never had a car accident before or if it has been awhile, it’s easy to forget steps to take during the unexpected stressful moments following the wreck. That is why it is helpful to have a checklist in your car or reviewing the steps often so you don’t overlook an important task.
The most important and first step to take immediately following an accident is to take a moment to determine if you or anyone in your car suffered injuries. If you are not seriously injured and able to check on the driver of the other vehicle, do so and then call 911. If you need an ambulance, tell the operator.
Safety After the Accident
Depending on where any vehicles involved ended up after the accident, you should consider safety after the collision. Wrecked vehicles that block traffic can lead to additional accidents. If the drivers are not seriously injured and the vehicles will still drive, the cars should be moved to a safe location off of the road. If it is not possible to move cars, set out any hazards, flares, or cones available.
Get the Other Driver’s Information
You will need to get the other driver’s information such as insurance, name of insured if it is different from the driver, and names and addresses for passengers in the car. Write down vehicle information such as make, model, and license plate.
Create a Record of the Collision
Take photos with your phone or a camera of any damage and of the accident scene. Write down what happened prior to the accident as you remember it and include details such as location, time of day, weather conditions, and traffic conditions.
Understand Your Insurance
When you sign up for your insurance policy, know what it covers and review the policy frequently so you have a clear understanding of what is and is not covered.
File an Accident Report
File a report with local law enforcement to have an official record that the accident happened. This typically happens when an officer arrives to the accident scene. The report can help insurance companies expedite a claim.
Find a Local Auto Body Shop
After the accident, you will need a local auto body shop that can repair your car. At Ellis & Salazar Automotive & Collision, we have locations in North Austin, South Austin, Buda, Hutto, and San Marcos with certified technicians trained to repair your model of vehicle. Contact us to schedule a free estimate so you can be confident that your car is repaired to manufacturer’s standards.