Motor vehicle accidents are stressful and can leave you feeling confused, angry and disoriented in the moment. That’s why it’s important to prepare in advance for potential accidents on Connecticut roads. Here are some steps to take after you get into a car crash.
Check for injuries
Make sure everyone is okay. If any occupant of your car or the other party’s vehicle is seriously injured, call 911 immediately.
Pull over if possible
If all vehicle occupants are okay, pull to the side of the road if the vehicle is still drivable. Turn on your hazard lights, and be cautious while moving the car. Try to get out of the road as quickly and safely as possible to prevent any additional motor vehicle accidents.
Assess vehicle damage
Walk around your car to assess the damage, and take photos. It’s also a good idea to take photos of the accident scene and the other party’s vehicle if you feel safe doing so. During your inspection, write down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
Collect information from all parties
Ask the other driver for their name and contact information, and be ready to provide the same information you’re requesting. You should also ask to see their drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance card. If any of the parties involved have a bad case of road rage or simply refuse to provide this information, call a police officer to the accident scene.
File an accident report
File a motor vehicle accident report with the police. If a police officer does not come to the scene, you must go to the police station to file this report. Present as much information as possible about the accident and all parties involved.
Contact your insurance company
Get the insurance claims process started as quickly as possible. It’s always best to file a claim when the details of the car accident are fresh in your mind.
Jot these steps down on a sheet of paper and keep them in your vehicle to ensure you’re always prepared to take action in the event of a car crash.