Car Accident Checklist
December 22, 2011
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 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
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.
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