It happens to the best drivers: we end up in a car accident despite our best efforts. Whether it was a fender-bender or a head-on collision, there are some necessary steps to take in case this happens.
Causes of Car Accidents
Many car accidents have the same set of causes:
- Drivers distracted by eating, texting, or phone calls
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drivers speeding or driving recklessly
- Drivers failing to adhere to traffic signs
- Inexperienced drivers
- Drivers following too closely
- Drivers falling asleep
- Hazardous weather
After an Accident
Before doing anything else, assess yourself and any passengers for injuries. If there are injuries that require medical attention, call 911.
If you’ve determined there are no injuries in your car, then check with other vehicles involved. If there are no life-threatening injuries and you’re coherent, follow these steps.
Call the Police. You will need a police report to file an insurance claim. Before the police arrive, write down or photograph the other driver’s car model, make, and license plate number in case they drive off.
Collect Information. Exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver involved in the accident.
Document. Take photos of the scene, your vehicle, and any injuries you may have sustained during the accident.
Safety. Always be aware of the traffic around you. Don’t walk into the road or the highway. It is your responsibility to remove your car from the roadway after an accident, assuming there are no severe injuries and that your vehicle is functional. Move your vehicle into the right roadway shoulder or a parking lot to avoid disrupting traffic as much as possible. Turn on your hazard lights.
Towing. If your can is not drivable, call a towing company. It’s a good idea to have a towing company and auto shop you trust in case of an accident and for general maintenance. It’s essential to build a good relationship with the people who work on your car. Call ahead to explain to your mechanic what has happened.
Safe Transport. Get a ride from someone you know to either follow your car to the auto shop or take you home.
Medical Follow-Up. If you have non-life-threatening injuries, get checked out at a doctor to verify everything is okay. Many injuries may not manifest immediately.
Unlimited Recovery and Towing
Though car accidents are scary, it makes it much less stressful if you already know what you should do when one occurs. Unlimited Recovery and Towing stands ready to assist you when needed. Keep our phone number 919-790-9393 in your car.