What to Do Moments After a Collision
Your heart races, your hands shake, the adrenaline in your blood makes you see things a little bit clearer and above all, you’re thankful it’s not as bad as it could have gotten. That’s what happens after a collision. The shift, in reality, can stun you speechless and it’s easy to lose your head during this time and do things you shouldn’t do.
However, when it happens you should remember to keep calm. If you’re calm in any situation, you’ll be logical in your reasoning. Wading through difficult situations puts you at an advantage. Remember to keep calm and do the following when you find yourself in a collision accident.
If your vehicle is still on the move when it happened, you’ll want to pull over. There’s nothing to gain by driving on when your car is damaged because one way or the other, sooner or later, the car will come to a halt and what better place for that but the scene of the Collison. Once you pull over, try to collect your thoughts and remember to keep calm. Taking deep long breaths is a great way to calm yourself.
Switch on Your Hazard Lights
Just before you exit your vehicle, turn on the hazard lights. The switch is usually labeled two concentric triangles. After turning on the lights, you and other occupants of the vehicle should get out in a safe and orderly fashion. Make sure not to put yourself in harm’s way when you all get out.
Once out of harms ways, call 911. Don’t assume the other party has already made the call. Make the call yourself, it won’t hurt if multiple calls were made concerning the accident. When the cops arrive, cooperate with them and respond to their inquiries. They are well trained in handling road accidents.
Gather Important Info and Take Pictures
While this may seem unnecessary and work for the cops, you should do it as it can help speed up your insurance claim.
Don’t Play the Blame Game
While it’s important to discuss with the other party, it is also very important not to discuss who’s at fault and all. Be polite with them, remember they just went through the same experience. At this point after a collision accident, discussing who’s to blame can cause tempers to flare and that won’t do for anyone. Leave the conversation for your insurance agent.
Call Your Insurance Company
You should do this after calling 911. Your insurance company needs to know about the accident. Submit all the info you’ve been able to gather in their absence to them so that all the paperwork for the repairs of your car is done swiftly.
Call Sam’s Auto
Call us and we can have your car towed for you from the scene of the collision unless you feel your car is able to move from the scene. However, we advise you tow it so as not to damage the car further. We can also repair your car to its former glory once you finish everything with your insurance company.