While it doesn’t happen to all drivers, many drivers experience at least one accident in their lives. But, what do you do when you are involved in an accident? We’ll walk you through a few steps so you can prepare for an accident and know exactly what you’re supposed to do in the scenario.
- Assess the situation. If you, your passengers, pedestrians, or passengers in any other vehicles need immediate medical assistance, call 911. Remember that people are more important than cars, so check for injuries before looking for damage.
- Stay calm. Of course, an accident of any nature will naturally get your adrenaline pumping and could cause tempers to flair. Take a few deep breaths to help you stay calm and do not cast blame on yourself or any other drivers. And, whatever you do, do not leave the scene, as this is not only a sign of poor judgement, but could also be illegal.
- Collect information. If other drivers were involved in the collision, exchange contact and insurance information. Again, do not admit fault. Also collect contact information from any witnesses and other passengers.
- Call the police. As a general rule, if there are any injuries or damages of more than $1,000, you need to involve the police. They will talk to all parties involved, file a report, and issue any traffic citations, if necessary.
- Take pictures. We all have cameras in our pockets. Take out your phone and take pictures of EVERYTHING.
- Call your insurance company. Contact your insurance ASAP and give them all the details.
Once you complete step six, your insurance company will tell you what you need to do next.
And remember: If you live near the Staunton, VA area, Paul Obaugh Ford’s Body Shop is here to repair your vehicle and get you back on the road.