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Tips on Managing the Scene of a Car Accident

An automobile accident can be devastating; no matter how minor the damage appears to be. There are over 6 million car crashes each year in the United States, and even though the chances are that you will eventually be involved in one, many do not take the time to create a plan of action in order to make the moments after an accident easier on all of those involved.

First Consideration . . . SAFETY!

The very first thing which needs to be considered is safety – specifically your own! Are you okay? Can you safely get out of the vehicle? Is the vehicle in danger of either exploding or being involved in additional crashes? Are there others in your vehicle? Does anyone in your vehicle need medical attention? Are there injuries or safety concerns relating to anyone else involved in the accident? At this time, be sure to contact emergency services (911) should they be required.

Next Steps

After considering all of the important safety issues, moving your vehicle out of harm’s way is typically the next priority. If it is not possible or feasible to move your vehicle, be sure to turn on your emergency hazard lights to best warn drivers. Next, apply your brakes, shift into park, and turn off your engine.

At this point, you will need to determine if this car accident requires the presence of a police officer – if so, call one to the scene. If not, here is some of the information you should collect:

  • Location, date, and time of the acciden
  • Names of everyone involved
  • Insurance information for all vehicles involved
  • Makes, models, and plate numbers of all involved vehicles
  • Contact info for any eyewitnesses
  • Take pictures of the scene and the vehicle damage

Insurance & Repairs

You will want to contact your insurance company as soon as possible regarding the accident and the potential insurance claim, regardless of fault.

You can have your vehicle repaired anywhere you wish. If you do not already have an established relationship with a collision repair center, you will need to quickly determine where to have your vehicle towed if it is not drivable. Your insurance agent may have some recommendations of auto repair shops which they trust to do quality and timely work.

If a claim is involved, your insurance adjuster and auto repair shop will begin the repair process as soon as you drop off your vehicle and approve the process.

What to do BEFORE an Accident

Preparing for an emergency is crucial in one’s ability to manage an accident. Here are some suggestions on things you can do today which will relieve on scene stress should you be involved in an auto accident.

  • Visit your auto insurance company to better understand you coverage
  • Make sure you have current copies of your vehicle’s registration and insurance paperwork
  • Carry an emergency safety kit and make sure it contains a pen and paper for notes, any relevant medical information, and a list of emergency phone numbers
  • Begin researching collision repair shops now! You will most likely not be in the state of mind to make a well informed, immediate decision if and when the time arrives.

Contact us today if you have any questions regarding what Curry Collision Center offers.

 

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