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  • Items that Should be Accessible in Your Car
    • Carry the drivers’s license with you on your person, whenever you operate a vehicle.
    • Have vehicle registration in the car at all times.
    • Insurance documentation, including your carrier, policy number, and the phone number to call in case of an emergency.
    • A flashlight.
    • A disposable camera or camera phone so that you can take photos of damages and the accident scene.
    • A mobile phone.
    • First Aid Kit.
    • Auto accident information form to record notes and information about the accident.
    • Paper and pencil to exchange contact information with the other driver.
  • At the Accident Scene
    • Remain calm.
    • Stop your car.
    • If you are blocking traffic in a dangerous place, pull off to the side of the road or into a well-lit parking lot.
    • Turn off your vehicle’s engine and either wait for assistance or, if it is safe, step out of your car.
    • Check to see if you or any passengers with you were injured.
    • Seek medical assistance if there is anyone injured.
    • Call the police.
    • Be courteous and tactful to all parties.
    • Exchange information with all drivers.
    • Make sure your thoughts are clear before you make any statements to the police.
    • Avoid making statements about responsibility to the other driver, witnesses, police or anyone else.
    • Don’t accept fault.
    • Do not contact your insurance company until you have your thoughts clear and have gathered all the pertinent accident information.
    • Take pictures of everything involved in the car accident.
    • Assist the police with their official report.
    • Get a copy of the police report.
  • After the Accident
    • Report the accident promptly to your insurance agent.
    • Do not drive your car if it is unsafe.
    • Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Car Accident Checklist
  Taylor Peterson

on December 22, 2011

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