After an Auto Collision: Important Steps to Take

What should you do if you are in a car accident?  Here are eight basic tips to consider if you are ever in an auto collision:

  1. Call 911 immediately if someone is injured.  Otherwise, call the police or fire department to report your accident.
  2. Take steps to prevent additional accidents or injuries, or both.  For instance, move your vehicle to the side of the road or other safe place IF the fire department or police suggest or permit you to do so.
  3. Do not leave the scene of the collision until it is prudent to do so.
  4. Do not discuss the specifics of the accident at the accident scene with anyone Other than the police, fire department, or other emergency personnel.
  5. You should exchange your name, insurance company, policy number, and vehicle license plate number with the other driver(s) if practicable.
  6. Consider taking photos of the accident scene and vehicles involved if it is safe to do so.
  7. As soon as possible after the accident, call your auto insurance company to report the accident and open a claim.  They should have a 24-hour toll free hotline.  Most auto insurance claims also have a website that permits people to report the accident online.
  8. Consider asking your auto insurance company representative where to take your vehicle if it needs repair.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should contact a personal injury lawyer before speaking with an insurance adjuster.  Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, including neck and back injuries.  Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation.  You can also visit our personal injury page, car accident page, and our Blog for more information.

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