What Should I Do When Involved In A Car Accident?

What Should I Do When Involved In A Car Accident?

Even the safest Maryland drivers may find themselves faced with an accident from time to time. If this happens to you knowing how to handle the situation is of the utmost importance, from both a safety perspective as well as a legal one. To better prepare you, Esurance.com offers the following advice to drivers so they can be sure to react appropriately when involved in an accident.

Stop and Move Your Vehicle to a Safe Place

The first step is to get your vehicle out of the path of oncoming traffic. This can help preserve your safety while also ensuring other drivers remain safe as well. If moving your vehicle is not possible, slowly exit it (on the passenger’s side if possible) and contact emergency services right away. If you have flares, set them up a safe distance away from the crash.

Make Sure Others Are OK

Be sure to check on your passengers as well as other drivers involved. If there are serious injuries, call 911 immediately. Refrain from moving any people with suspected back or neck injuries unless their lives are directly threatened by surrounding circumstances. In the event physical effects are minor, it’s still suggested you seek out medical treatment (which can be helpful for filing an accident claim).

Exchange Contact Information

When exchanging contact information, you’ll want to look for bystanders at the scene who could potentially serve as witnesses. You should also exchange info with all other drivers involved, including information related to their insurance company. Lastly, be sure to jot down the names of any police officers on the scene so you can request the police report later.

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