There are some simple and effective ways to alleviate your anxiety when you get into a car accident. Things are sudden and can get nerve racking as you have to sort things out with the other driver.
But police have provided a simple list of things to do to solve your vehicular woes. By following this list of steps, you can alleviate your worries and make the situation smoother than the actual trauma when the car accident occurs.
Here is what the police (from any jurisdiction) would suggest you do when you get into an accident:
- Ensure that you and your passengers are okay. If there are any injuries, call 911.
- If the vehicle is still drive-able and no one is injured, move the car off the roadway to a safe location. Many people have been injured after a collision while looking at damage while standing in a live lane of traffic.
- Activate your four-way hazard lights to increase your visibility.
- Make contact with the other driver and if they are injured call 911.
- Inspect vehicles for damage and take photos if safe to do so.
- Exchange driver licence, ownership and insurance information with the other driver. One helpful tip in this regard is to take photos of all available documents.
- If damage to the vehicles is less than $2000 combined, there is no need to contact the police. If the estimated damage is over $2000 and both vehicles are drive-able, attend a police division or collision reporting center.
- Contact you insurance company.
Overall, the key thing to keep in mind when you do get into a car accident is to first keep calm; reacting emotionally and on instinct is not going to help anyone. Take a few slow breaths before getting out of your car to assess the situation.