What to do after you’ve been in an accident
Step 1: Always stop
If you and your vehicle are involved in a collision and do not stop, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. Stop your vehicle, stay calm and when it’s safe, exit the vehicle.
Step 2: Check for injuries
Assess the extent of injuries and when in doubt, call 911 to report the location of the collision. Caring for victims is a priority, but sometimes it may be unsafe to remove people from vehicles involved in the collision, so wait for help to arrive.
Step 3: Pull over and record damage
If it’s safe, move your vehicle to the side of the road, away from traffic. Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and use cones/warning triangles for safety. Assess the condition of the vehicles as best you can and take pictures of damage. If you believe the damage is less than $1000 contact your local police department for further instructions. If the collision is greater than $1000 and injuries are present, call 911.
Step 4: Exchange information and document the collision
Be sure to obtain the following information from all involved drivers:
- Names, address, contact information
- Driver’s licence numbers
- Licence plate numbers
- Contact information of registered vehicle owners
- Insurance information
If a driver fails to provide any of the requested information, it may be advisable to notify the police of the collision. Contact information of passengers and any witnesses should also be obtained.
Step 5: Contact the professionals
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The 5 steps to follow after an accident- continued
- Don’t move anyone who is injured, unless absolutely necessary.
- Don’t discuss fault, responsibility, circumstances of the accident with other driver(s).
- Don’t drive your vehicle if it seems unsafe.
- Don’t sign any releases with towing companies, repair shops or insurance companies that you have not read or don’t fully understand