Summer Travel Plans: What To Do If You Are In An Accident

The roads are far more congested in the summer, due to the thousands of families traveling with their school-free children.  When the kids are out of school, families often take the time to explore together.

Take the family on a safe vacation this year, but make sure everyone understands what to do in the case of an emergency.  Not knowing what to do after a car accident can cause further injuries, and even unnecessary death.

Before you start considering a phone call to your lawyer, there are some more immediate steps to take.  Here are a few key tips to teach your family on what to do in the case of a car accident.  

First things first

The very first thing you need to do in the case of an accident is to check on the well-being of everyone in your vehicle.  Assess the situation quickly, and decide if it is safer to leave or stay with the vehicle.

Most of the time, it is best to get out of the car as soon as possible.  One car accident can lead to another, and you’ll want to make certain your family is safe.  

Move your vehicle to safety

After you have assessed the well-being of the occupants of your vehicle, move your vehicle to a safer spot.  Of course, this step is not always safe or possible.  If you can safely relocate your vehicle to another location, go ahead and do it.

Notify the local authorities

Call the local emergency services, as soon as you have the chance.  It is likely that someone else has already made the phone call, but it’s good to make contact yourself.  

Technology has made it much easier to locate individuals who phone in an emergency, so don’t worry if you don’t know exactly where you are.  It makes sense that you might be a bit discombobulated after the accident. Let the computers do the thinking.

Collect hoards of information

Use your cell phone to thoroughly document the accident.  Take pictures before and after you move your vehicle, so the insurance company has an adequate view of who may have caused the wreck.  

Gather information on everyone involved in the accident.  Insurance cards, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and anything else they’re willing to offer could be helpful in the future.  

Notify your insurance company

After you’ve wrapped up everything at the scene of the accident, you’ll need to make contact with your auto insurance agency.  Even if the accident was not your fault, the insurance company will need to gather a slew of information for legal purposes. Keep your agent in the know.  

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