What to Do After an Accident
In an ideal world, we’d all like to avoid on-road accidents. But unfortunately, accidents occur, which is why it’s important to be prepared should it happen to you. This guide on what to do after an accident will provide you with the insight you need.
Check for injuries
Your number one priority following and accident should be to check yourself and your passengers for injuries. A car can always be repaired or replaced, so the people that matter most in your life should receive your full and undivided attention. If you or one of your passengers are severely injured, be sure to call paramedics to the scene. If there are any injuries at all, you should call the police so you have an official report.
Observe your surroundings
Once you’ve taken a moment to check for injuries, examine the environment around you. If your vehicle is in a place where it is susceptible to another collision, you’ll want to move it to a safer area. If you are not in any immediate danger, turn the vehicle off and take a moment to calm your nerves.
Now it’s time to speak with the other driver (or drivers) involved in the accident. First, check to see if they are injured. If they aren’t, ask to exchange insurance information. This will help the repair process go much more smoothly in the future.
File an accident report
Before driving away from the scene of the accident, document any damage to your vehicle with pictures. Also, write down any information that might be vital to an accident report, such as the location of the accident, nearby road signs, and the time of day. Once you are safe at home, file an accident report, both with the police and your insurance company.
Bring your vehicle in for repairs
If your vehicle was damaged during the accident, you should set up an appointment for repairs and other services. Your insurance company should set you up with a temporary vehicle in the meantime.
Here at Crown Kia of Tyler, we can definitely help with that last step in the process. Our service team is ready to get you and your vehicle back on the road.