01 Jun What To Do When You Get Into A Car Accident
Imagine you’re driving home from work, the way you do every day when 5:00 rolls around. You get to that first light and take a big yawn. You’re tired and are ready to get home. Suddenly, you jolt forward while your seatbelt throws you back into your seat. Your heart is racing quickly, but besides being shocked and a littler shaky, you’re okay. Someone had rear ended you. You just got into your first car accident.
Accidents are scary as they are usually unexpected. If you’ve never been in a car accident before, keep reading on to find out what you should do in case such an event occurs.
The very first thing that you should do, if possible, is move any cars involved off the road to a safe area. Only do this if you and the other person aren’t seriously injured. If you are injured or moving to the shoulder isn’t a possibility, flip on your hazard lights to let other cars know that you’re there and can’t move. If you or the other person is hurt, call 911 immediately to get medical assistance.
Next, if possible, stop your vehicle and get out of the car. Take a few brief moments to take a breath and calm down. Getting into a car accident can be jolting and unsettling. Make sure that you’re okay to proceed before doing so. When you get out of the car, make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings and get out safely. Keep it mind, it may be safer to stay in the car with the doors locked if the other person becomes angry and/or starts shouting.
If everything is okay, check on the others involved in the car accident. Once again, it’s best to call 911 immediately if anyone is reporting symptoms, even minor ones. Regardless, it’s best to call police to the scene in any accident that happens. They will write up an accident report, which will be very valuable when dealing with your car insurance later. Be sure to always cooperate with the investigation. If there are absolutely no injuries and the police can’t make it to the scene, the next place that should be called in your local DMV. You can file an accident report there as well.
Next, document the scene and try to gather as much information as possible. Take photos of the scene, including the damage to both cars, along with the surrounding area. In addition, exchange insurance information with the others involved in the accident. Write down any other information that seems important. This includes, but is not limited to, the location of the accident, who arrived on the scene, the names of everyone involved, vehicles involved along with their license plate numbers, etc.
The last thing you should do is contact Norcom Insurance and file a claim. We can handle the rest from there and tell you any next steps that are needed.