What to Do after a Car Accident: 5-Step Guide

Accidents aren’t intentional, but they are unexpected and stressful so it’s important to know what to do if you have one.

If you’re involved in a minor car accident, move your car out of traffic to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights. Check on others and call an ambulance if anyone is injured, then call the police so you’ll have a police accident report.

Let the police determine fault, if there is any. Get the exact location, names and contact information of those involved, including any witnesses. Exchange insurance and license plate numbers, and write down the badge numbers of the responding officers.

If you have a smartphone, snap photos of the accident. Notify your insurance agent as soon as possible.

You never know when an automobile accident can happen, but you’ll be glad you know what to do if you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of one.

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