Getting into a car accident is a scary experience. No one is really prepared for these types of events. However, it’s important to know certain steps to take in case you ever get involved in one. It’s important to know this to make sure you follow the law accordingly, to get the insurance claim process going, and most importantly, to make certain every passenger is safe.
It’s crucial that every time you hit the road, you are prepared. Preparation and knowledge could save lives when we’re unfortunately involved in a car accident. Always keep important documents in your car like your insurance, registration, and medical information. Moreover, it’s important you have an emergency kit in your car.
Emergency Car Kit Checklist
- Spare Tire and Jack
- Flares, Triangle Reflectors, Traffic Cones
- Jumper Cables
- Tool Kit & Flashlight
- First-Aid Kit
- Car Fire Extinguisher
- Utility Gloves
- Duct Tape
Check for injuries
If you’re in a car crash, first it’s important you move the vehicle to the side of the road if possible. Then check if you or your passengers are injured. Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured and if you’re not too hurt, tend the injuries as soon as possible with your first aid kit.
Don’t leave the scene
Record all the details you can to collect as much information as you can. Name, the contact information of the other party and witnesses, the model of the car, and insurance information in case the collision involved another car. Write down the weather, the time and day as well. It’s important you write this down as soon as you can since the car accident trauma can tamper with your memory.
Contact authorities and file an accident report to have a record of what happened. It’s extremely helpful for any insurance claim. Don’t forget to get the names and badge numbers of the officers that arrived at the scene and inquire about getting a copy of the report. Nowadays everyone has a smartphone, so it’s a good idea to take pictures or record videos of the incident.