January 10, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Just like a list of contacts or emergency car first-aid kits in the event of an auto accident
, vehicle owners should also have a checklist to carry and follow if there's a collision.
Many people may say that that this is unnecessary. However, when people are faced with terrifying situations like car accidents--particularly if there are injuries or deaths involved--they are unlikely to think clearly and make rational decisions.
Having a checklist handy would help take away the pressure of having to think about what needs to be done.
The checklist: steps to take after an auto accident
- Don't panic:
After an auto accident--even a minor one--it's important for the driver and all passengers inside the vehicle to try and remain calm. Unstable individuals tend to not think coherently and are less likely to make the right decisions.
- Check for injuries:
Examine the passengers in the vehicle to make sure no one is injured. If injuries are present or suspected, call 911 immediately.
- Call the police:
After attending to injuries, call the police to report the accident so an officer can arrive on the scene.
- Execute safety procedures:
While waiting for the police, drivers should move their vehicles to the side of the road (if possible), turn on vehicle hazard lights, and put out road flares or traffic cones (if available) to ensure the safety of passengers in other cars traveling on the roads.
- Correspond with the other driver:
Drivers involved in the accident should speak with each other and exchange names, phone numbers, drivers' licenses, and insurance information. Taking photos of the other driver's license plate is also an option.
- Call the insurance company:
Drivers should contact their insurance carriers and report a claim.
Along with these steps, drivers may also want to take photos with their mobile devices of the vehicles, the scene of the accident, street signs or stop lights, or anything that would help investigators put together the pieces of the collision. The information collected can be provided to the authorities as well as auto insurance companies.
Additionally, drivers and passengers may also want to speak with potential witnesses to the accident about their observations and ask if they could wait for police to arrive to provide statements.
Consulting with an auto accident lawyer is also recommended to make sure all possible remedies and compensation is pursued in the event of injuries.
Article provided by Grazian & Volpe, P.C.
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