What to Do After a Collision
Statistically, nearly everyone is involved in some form of collision in the lifetime. Fortunately, most of the accidents that occur are minor and involve minimal injuries and auto body repair. Getting into a vehicle accident can be an overwhelming experience. However, having vehicle insurance in place, protects you from repair expenses to your vehicle and may cover you in case of injury.
If you get into a vehicle collision, there are a few things that can be done post-collision to ensure your safety, to minimize stress during the insurance claim process and to ensure a collision repair experience.
Move Your Vehicle
At the time of the collision, most drivers feel that it is best to leave the vehicle where the accident took place. However, if it is safe to do so, the vehicle should be moved out of the flow of traffic, as this can help avoid further collisions. Be sure to turn off your vehicle as soon after the collision as possible to prevent further danger from potential leaking fluids which can be combustible. Be sure to turn your hazard lights on to warn drivers of the collision and then exit the vehicle when it is safe to do so.
Check for Injuries
Be sure to check if you have been hurt from the collision, and if there are additional passengers, check to see if they were injured or not.
Exchange Insurance Information and Document the Accident
While you may be overwhelmed and shook up, it is important to remain calm and ensure that all parties involved exchange insurance information and any other details pertaining to the collision. The following details are important to obtain:
- Write down the license plate of the driver as soon as possible, just in case they drive away from the scene of the accident
- Take note of the time of the collision
- Where the collision occurred
- The specific location
- Details of how the collision occurred
- Collect the contact information of any witnesses that may have been nearby during the time of the collision.
- The insurance information details should include: the make and model of the vehicle, registration/policy number
- The name, address and telephone number of those involved in the collision
- Driver’s license number
If you have a cell phone with a camera, it is recommended to take photos of the scene of the collision and all the vehicles involved.
Call your insurance company as soon as possible
It is vital to contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the collision has occurred. The insurance company will open up a claim for you and will ask questions about the collision. Be sure to have all of the documented information you have obtained from all parties involved, as this will ensure a smooth process with the insurance company.
If you do get into a collision, Euro Collision Center can help to restore the safety of your vehicle so you can get back out to the road as quickly as possible.