Helpful tips on what to do in a car accident

No one expects to get into a car accident, but you can work to prevent and prepare for one, the sudden jolt may leave you stressed and unsure of what to do next.

• Turn on your hazard lights.
• If possible, pull your car over to a safe place. If not, stay inside with your seatbelt on.
• Check the safety of others and provide assistance to anyone with an injury.
• Don’t move an injured person. This can cause additional damage and should be avoided unless the person’s safety is at risk.
• Call 911 or the local police station.
• Avoid saying “I’m sorry.” Even if you feel guilty, don’t admit fault—especially when talking to the police. You may find out later that the other driver was actually to blame or that you share the blame.
• Even if you don’t show visible injuries, it’s recommended to call for medical help or at least visit the emergency room or your doctor after you leave the area.
• Take pictures of your car, any other cars involved and the surrounding area. Be sure to exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, insurance providers and policy numbers.
• Write down the names of any law enforcement officials or witnesses who are at the scene.
• Report a claim. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner your insurance provider can start working on it—and the sooner you can get your life back together.

March 28th, 2017 by Goodwill Financial