If you’ve been in a car accident, it is important to know the steps you need to take in order to ensure everyone’s safe, and that the law is being followed. After you’ve been in a vehicle accident, it is important to take pictures of the damage so that you can then begin the insurance claim process. Here is what you should do after you’ve been in a car accident.
Ensure Everyone Is Safe
After a vehicle accident, it is crucial that you check your own safety and the safety of those involved in the accident. If anyone is injured or needs medical attention, call 911 to make sure everyone is able to receive the proper medical care. In some states, it is required by law that the police are notified after an accident.
If the vehicle is still operational, getting it off the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic to avoid any other accidents is important. If it is not safe enough to do this, turn on the hazard lights in the vehicle to warn oncoming drivers of the wreckage. The use of flares and other attention catching devices is also helpful in this situation.
Both drivers involved in the vehicle accident need to exchange insurance information with each other. This includes obtaining the policy number as well as the insurer’s phone number. You can also obtain the driver’s phone number, as well as the police officer’s name and badge number.
Document the Incident
At this stage of things, it’s important to document the damage with photos on your handheld device to provide insurance. This will help determine who caused the accident and who is liable for the damage, as the damage can indicate who may have caused the collision.
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