Getting into an accident involving a car, motorcycle, bike, or pedestrian is scary. Knowing what to do at the scene of an accident can help you in the long run.
Here are 15 things to do at the scene of an accident.
- Get help for anyone injured. Don’t move the victim. Keep the injured person warm.
- Do not move your car unless it is blocking oncoming traffic.
- Warn approaching traffic – don’t let one accident cause another.
- Call an ambulance if you think someone may be seriously hurt.
- Call the police if someone is injured, or if there is substantial damage to the vehicles ($1000).
- Cooperate fully with the police and obtain the incident number assigned to your case.
- Obtain the drivers name, address, date of birth, telephone number, driver’s license number, and driver’s license expiration date.
- Write down the year, make, model, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
- If it is safe to do so, take pictures of the accident scene.
- Obtain names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any passengers and witnesses to the accident. Ask them to stay and talk to the police, if they cannot stay, ask them to explain to you what they saw.
- Make detailed notes about what happened, and details about the scene, as your memory of the accident may get hazy.
- Identify people at the accident scene, even if they will not give you their contact information.
- If someone saw the accident and left the scene, you should make a note of his/her license plate number.
- Do not give any opinion about the accident to other people.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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