Even the most responsible drivers may find themselves involved in an accident, especially when they encounter a negligent motorist. In this case, you may not be able to avoid an expensive and damaging collision.
However, you can take the right steps to navigate a car accident after it occurs. Here are a few things you can do to ensure the best outcome.
Get to safety
Always check for injuries and contact emergency services if they occur. If not, take steps to get your vehicle away from the flow of traffic. If possible, navigate to the side of the road or a nearby parking space. If you have flares or warning triangles, use them to alert other drivers. However, be cautious when exiting your vehicle, especially on a busy street or highway.
Call the police
You should still contact the police even if there are no injuries. Police officers can help control the flow of traffic around the scene, but they will also create a police report. This report will be exceedingly helpful when contacting your insurance company. Be sure to ask the officer on the scene for a copy of the report when it is complete.
You must speak with any drivers involved in the accident. When doing so, be sure to remain polite and civil, but be careful about what you say to avoid admitting fault for the accident. You should also speak with any bystanders on the scene, who can provide an objective view of what occurred. Finally, take pictures of vehicle damage, road conditions, and anything else that may provide clarity as to what occurred.
While stressful, taking the right steps in the aftermath of a car accident ensures a smooth process. It can also benefit you if negligence played a role in the accident.