The National Safety Council estimates that one in eight drivers will be involved in a motor vehicle collision this year. As such, it is important to know what to do in the event you are involved in an automobile accident.
Here is the National Safety Council’s List of steps to remember if you are involved in an automobile collision:
1. Stop your vehicle where it is clear, safe, and legal.
2. Turn off the ignitions of the vehicles involved.
3. Make a first aid check of all persons involved.
4. Call the police and EMS (if necessary).
5. Mark the scene of the collision with flares or reflective triangles.
6. Gather the names and contact information of those involved in the collision, as well as the information for people who witnessed the collision.
7. Make a quick diagram of where the vehicle occupants were seated and their direction of travel and lane. Also, note the time, date, and weather conditions.
8. Ask to see the other driver’s license and write down the number.
9. Exchange insurance company information, but do not discuss fault or make statements to anyone other than the police.
10. Get a copy of the police report.