Road Trips Tips

What To Do When You’re Involved In An Accident

Spring is the perfect time of the year to get out on the roads for an epic road trip.  There are too many things to explore in this one country alone to let yourself sit at home, and taking a road trip with friends/family is always a great way to make new memories.  

The key is to keep everyone safe while you’re out on the roads.  You can only be accountable for your actions while driving, but that doesn’t mean other drivers can’t cause an accident.  

It’s important that you know what to do if the worst ever happens, so everyone in your vehicle will have the best shot at safety.  Here is a brief look at what you should do if you’re ever involved in a car accident.

Check the status of everyone in the vehicle

Once your vehicle has come to a complete stop, check to make sure everyone in the vehicle is okay.  If everyone checks out, you can exit the vehicle. If there are extensive injuries, you need to call the police.  Wait until the trained EMS people arrive to touch or move anyone who has extensive injuries to avoid further injuring the person.  

Don’t be afraid to move the car

If everyone in your vehicle is fine, don’t be afraid to move the vehicle off the road.  Pull over to a safer area, and wait for the authorities to arrive. It’s not against the law to move the car, and it won’t ruin your case with the insurance agency.  

Call the local police to report the accident

If you have yet to call the police, now is the time.  It’s likely that someone else has already reported the incident to the authorities, but you can’t rely on “someone else” to get the job done.  It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make the call.  

Talk to the other drivers involved

You probably don’t want to get to know the other drivers, but you do need to gather some vital information from the other people involved.  You need to get names and insurance information from all the drivers, so all the information from the accident gets to the right people.

If there are injuries involved, you could need this information for an accident lawyer.  Do some research on your situation to find out whether or not you need legal representation.  

Document everything you can

The police will give you the opportunity to acquire a full report on the accident, but you may also want to gather a little intel on your own.  Take pictures of the placement of the vehicles and the people involved to make certain none of the facts can be misconstrued in the future.

Notify your auto insurance agent

As soon as you arrive home safely, it’s time to call the insurance agent.  Your auto insurance agent should be your first call, so they can immediately begin to work on replacing or restoring your vehicle.