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3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

What to Do After a Car Accident

What to Do After a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be frightening but what's more frightening is not knowing what to do. Here are the steps you need to take when you are involved in an accident.

Move the Wreck

Some auto accidents are worse than others. If you are able to move the vehicles, they should be moved to the shoulder of the road or a safe area. The object of moving the wreck is to prevent congesting the flow of traffic, keeping the persons involved in the wreck safe and to prevent further damage from occurring. If you are not able to move your vehicle, turn your hazard lights on to inform other drivers to proceed with caution.

Stop Your Vehicle

Make sure your vehicle comes to a complete stop and take a few moments to catch your breath. Once you have gathered yourself, make sure it's safe for you to get out of the car. Your engine should be turned off and your vehicle should remain in park. Individuals who are driving a manual shift vehicle need to use the hand-brake. If you have flares or other vehicle safety equipment, now would be the time to use them.

Other Parties Involved

In the event there are other parties involved in the accident, make sure everyone is okay and does not need emergency medical attention. Other parties involved can include pedestrians, drivers and passengers. Persons who sustain injuries, especially ones that are serious, need to seek medical attention. Minor injuries, such as a headache or dizziness, should seek medical attention, even though these injuries are minor.

Steps to take after a collision: Move the wreck

Notify Authorities

The next thing you need to do is call the police. While you are waiting, avoid confrontation, accepting blame and placing blame. The information stated in the police report is crucial for an insurance claim. The police will judge who is at fault for the accident, if there is anyone to blame. In the event you have to file a report yourself because the police are not able to come to the scene of the accident, the wreck can be filed with the state's DMV office. Police may not go to the scene of the accident if all parties involved are not seriously or critically injured.

Essential Information

The more information you gather the easier and faster it will be for you to file an insurance claim. Essential pieces of information you need to gather include:

  • Where the accident occurred (city,state)
  • Eyewitness statements (if any)
  • Names of passengers and drivers
  • Insurance information
  • Badge numbers of officers on the scene
  • Makes and models of all vehicles involved in the wreck

Documentation of the Scene

Smartphones are great to use for documenting the scene of an accident. Many insurance companies have applications you can download that allow you to upload photos of the accident and damage that may have been done to your vehicle.

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File Your Claim

In most instances, you can call your insurance company while you are at the scene of the accident. If you are not able to do so, you may be able to file your claim online. Your insurance ID card will have the information you need to successfully file your claim. In the event your vehicle sustains noticeable damage, you may need to take your vehicle to an auto body shop and invest in collision repair work.