What to Do if You’re Involved in an Accident

Having an auto accident or dealing with a catastrophe is stressful, yet it’s important to try to stay calm and focused.

1. Safety First

  • If the car accident is minor, move vehicles out of traffic to a safe place.
  • Shift into park, turn off your vehicle, and turn on the hazard lights.
  • Use cones, warning triangles, or flares for added safety, if you have them.

2. Get Help

  • Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt.
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor. A police report can be invaluable to the claim process and help establish who’s at fault.

3. Collect Information

  • Gather information from others involved in the accident.
  • Drivers and passengers: names and contact information.
  • Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year).
  • Driver’s license numbers – License plate numbers.
  • Insurance companies and policy numbers.
  • Eyewitnesses: names and contact information.
  • Accident scene location and/or address.
  • Police officer’s name and badge number.
  • Take photos of all vehicles involved and the accident scene, if it is safe to do so.
  • Do not sign any document unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.
  • Be polite, but don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.

4. File a Claim

  • Notify your insurance agent as soon as possible.
  • Call your insurance company and file a claim.
  • Let them know which shop you would like to take your vehicle to (You have the right to choose).

5. Find a Reputable Auto Repair Facility

  • Find a shop that you feel comfortable with.
  • Ask family and friends about referring you to a body shop they have used before.

Being involved in an accident can be a scary thing and using some of these tips can help if you may not know what to do. And as always stay safe.

This is a sponsored article and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Deer Park Gazette or its staff.

Share this article.

Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email

Read more news.

Knights Under the Lights

Do you ever daydream about a time when knights rode majestic horses into dangerous competitions, or a noble archer took aim at the bullseye as well as the heart of his lady fair? This first weekend in August, you’ll have a chance to witness and take part in these medieval games, as well as several others.

Read More »

Primary Election Results 2021

The official ballot drop box closed at 8pm for the primary election that took place on August 3rd this year. The early results are in and laid out here. However, the county canvassing boards will be certifying the results as of August 17.

Read More »

Subscribe to our emails

Use the form below to sign up to receive news via email at no cost to you.