Car accidents are always unexpected and hugely stressful. Stay calm and try to control your emotions. Get support from people you feel you can trust and follow some of our suggestions below:
- Be Safe
- If the car accident is minor, then move the car out of “harm’s way” such as to the shoulder of the road.
- If you are unable to move the car, 1) confirm that the vehicle is in the "Park" position, 2) turn off the engine, and 3) engage the hazard lights.
- Check to see if it is safe for you to get out of the car. If it is safe and you are uninjured, exit the vehicle.
- Use warning triangles and safety cones to alert others of the accident if they are available.
- Seek Help
- Check for injuries to yourself and others; always err on the side of caution by calling an ambulance if anyone's injuries appear questionable.
- No matter how minor the accident may seem, contact the police. A police report is important in determining fault during the claims process.
- If you have injured a pedestrian or another driver, never leave the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of the accident could be construed as a "hit-and-run" and might further subject you to criminal charges and penalties.