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January 18, 2013

Help! I’ve Had an Accident!


Let’s say you have just had the misfortune of being involved in an auto accident. What should you do next? Here is a quick, step-by-step Accident Scene List to assist you in minimizing your misfortune and discomfort.

  1. Stop your vehicle if it is clear, safe, and legal.

  2. In some states it is illegal to move a vehicle from the place where the accident occurred. In some states its required.

  3. Turn off the ignitions of the vehicles involved.

  4. Make a first aid check of all persons involved. Look around to see if anyone is in immediate danger or needs medical assistance.

  5. Call the police by dialing 911 for assistance (even if minor) and if necessary, emergency medical services.

  6. Mark the scene of the accident with flares or retro-reflective triangles.

  7. Remove objects from the road which may cause further damage or risks.

  8. Gather the names of all the persons in vehicles and the people who witnessed the accident.

  9. Make a quick diagram of where the vehicle occupants were seated and indicate the vehicles’ direction of travel and lane position. Also note the date, time and weather conditions. Look around and gather information on possible witnesses.

  10. Ask to see the other person’s driver’s license and write down the number.

  11. Exchange insurance company information DO NOT discuss “guilt” or make statements about the accident to anyone but the police.

  12. Get a copy of the police report of the accident from the local precinct. Be very cooperative with the police, yet avoid suggesting the accident was solely your fault.

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