What to do after an auto collision?
November 10, 2010
The moments after a collision can be terrifying. Often times those involved in the auto collision do not know what to do, who to call, want information to exchange. It’s a key for all parties of the collision to record accurate information about the accident, injuries, witness, damage, etc. This information is needed to file a claim with insurance companies and move forward to financial, physical and emotional recovery. Here are some helpful tips on what do to after a collision.
- Stop as close as safely possible to the auto collision site
Take Care of the injuries
- Check drivers and passengers for injuries.
- Call 911. Report the collision, location, and any injuries.
- Do not move injured persons; wait until medical personnel arrive.
Cooperate with Police
- Remain at the collision scene until an officer arrives.
- Tell the officer how the collision occurred.
Take Notes for your File
- Record the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
- Make notes about all significant circumstances.
- Take photos of your car, your injuries, and the other vehicles.
When to Leave the Scene
- Do not leave the collision scene until you have completed the above steps and the officer gives you permission to go.
- If you are transported from the site by ambulance, ask a witness, passenger, or friend to complete the above steps for you.