How to handle a car accident

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Take these 10-Steps After a Car Accident 

Did you know that 6 million car accidents occur in the US every year? 

More than 90 people die each day due to a road accident in the US alone. That’s why it is vital to do everything you can to stay safe on the road.

Getting in a car accident is no joke, and it is essential to be in the know. 

Today we are going to go over ten crucial steps you should take right after a car accident occurs. 

The 10 Steps

It is important to note that if the car accident was severe, the first and only step you should take is to call 911 and to get to a hospital as quickly as possible. 

If however, you were in a fender bender or non-fatal crash where no one was seriously injured- follow these ten steps. 

1. Stop

It is never a good idea to leave the scene of an accident, even if the accident was very mild, stick around and get the details of the scene. 

2. Switch Your Flashers On

Switching your flashers on will signal to other drivers that there is a hazard on the road ahead. It is import to take any measures possible to prevent any further accidents.

3. Call the Police

If you on a busy road, a police officer may have already spotted you and will show up to the scene. In most cases, it is a good idea to give the police a call, tell them your location. You will need a police report to file a claim with your insurance company. 

policeman taking notes on a road

4. Take Record

Car accidents can be scary, but it is essential to give the police officer at the scene an accurate statement about what happened between you and the other vehicle involved.

5. Take Pictures

Snap some photos with your phone before leaving the scene of the accident. Capture pictures of any damage to the vehicles involved as well as any injuries, cuts, or scapes you have on your body.

6. Exchange Information

If a police report was made then all information will be exchanged. However, if an officer does not show up to the scene of the accident, you will need to exchange the following information.

  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Full Name of driver and passengers involved
  • Insurance information

7. Call Your Insurance Provider

Report the details of the accident to your insurance company asap. If you experience any injuries, you may be eligible for compensation and car accident injury benefits.

8. Go to the Hospital

Even if you are not feeling pain right away, it is important to go to the hospital, let them know you have just been in a car accident and get checked out. Most people report feeling the most pain a day or two after the accident occurs.

medical team in an ER

9. Create a File and Get in touch with a Lawyer

Gather all your paperwork from the accident together and put it in a safe place in case any conflicts arise between you and the other driver. If a dispute does arise, it may be time to get in touch with a lawyer.

10. Call a Tow Company

If you cannot drive your vehicle away from the scene of the accident, you’ll need to call a tow truck to tow you away from the scene. 

Give Geyers towing a call if you find yourself in an accident. Our professions will safely transfer your vehicle to a mechanic or tow yard nearby, and make sure you get back to safety.

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