10 Things You Should Do After A Car Accident

Getting into a car accident is one of the most stressful things that can happen to you. Even if it's just a minor fender bender, it's easy to get rattled and not think clearly. But it's important that you try to keep as calm as possible. Being prepared before an accident happens can go a long way towards calming you down because you'll know just what to do.

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As a public service, we here at your hometown Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealer have put together this list of the 10 most important things you should do if you're involved in an accident.
  1. Think Safety First - If possible, carefully pull your car over to the side of the road and away from traffic. Put on your hazard flashers and put out emergency flares, lights, or reflective accident triangles. This is especially important at night. If your car can't be moved and it's in a travel lane, stay in the car with your seatbelts buckled and call 911.
  2. Determine the Extent of Injuries - Check to see if you or your passengers are hurt. Take a deep breath and try to remain calm. Use the rearview mirror to examine yourself for any visible injuries, bleeding, or bruises. If you are okay, and it is safe to do so, check on the condition of the other driver or drivers. Do not try to move an injured person unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Even if the accident is minor, you can sustain injuries that will show up later.
  3. Contact The Police - In some cases, the police may not respond to a minor, non-injury accident. Contact the local police department and find out about their accident response policy. You may have to go down to the station and file a police report. Call 911 immediately if there are injuries or the accident is tying up traffic.
  4. Find Eyewitnesses - Look around and see if anyone observed the accident and ask for their full contact information. This will be helpful when reporting the accident to your insurance company.
  5. Take Photos - if you have a smartphone, document the accident scene by taking photos from various angles. Document the people involved in the accident and take pictures of any traffic signs and skid marks.
  6. Exchange & Verify Information - Be sure to get the contact and insurance information of everyone involved in the accident and be ready to provide the other parties with the same information. Double check the accuracy, including vehicle VIN numbers, make and model of cars, driver's license information, and license plates.
  7. Document The Scene - Write down the time of day, major cross streets, road conditions, weather, posted speed limits, traffic signs, skid marks, the number of people involved, and location of damage to both vehicles. The more details you can supply your insurance company the better.
  8. Contact A Towing Company - If your car is damaged to the point that it can't be driven, call a towing company and arrange to have your vehicle towed to our Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram auto body shop. We will assess the damage to your vehicle and provide you with a free estimate. We service and repair all makes and models at our Maintenance and Repair Center. We're open on Saturdays for your convenience, and we also offer rental cars.
  9. Visit a Doctor - Even minor accidents can cause significant injuries. See a doctor or go to the ER right away if you start experiencing any dizziness, soreness, stiffness, or other suspicious symptoms.
  10. Contact Your Auto Insurance Company - Regardless of even minor damage, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim. Your insurance company will need to inspect your vehicle or have it inspected by a reputable repair shop. You are not obligated to use the insurance company's recommended repair shop and can choose whichever auto body repair shop near Fredonia that you wish. At Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we work with all major insurance carriers.

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