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21 Oct What To Do If You Get Involved In A Car Accident

What To Do If You Get Involved In A Car Accident

How can you avoid being in a car accident? Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to avoid a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian or bike rider, no matter how good your driving skills are. When the unthinkable happens and you get into an accident, here’s what you should do in the minutes and hours afterward to help yourself out in the long run, whether you’re at fault or not.

Tips for if you’re in another vehicle

Hopefully you’ll never find yourself in a situation where you’re involved in an accident. But, if it does happen, don’t panic! First and foremost, try to remain calm—this will help you to react with reason instead of emotion. Next, see if anyone is injured. Be sure to call 911 immediately if anyone is hurt or needs immediate medical attention. The law requires that all drivers must report an accident with any personal injury that may have occurred within 24 hours of occurrence to a police officer or state official that is usually at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or similar entity within your town/city limits.

Tips if you’re driving

Getting in a car accident is a traumatic experience. First and foremost, take a deep breath. Then, be careful not to react emotionally—your adrenaline will be going crazy if you have been involved in an accident. Instead of letting your emotions get the best of you, follow these tips: 1) Stay calm; 2) Make sure everyone is safe; 3) Call for help; 4) Exchange information with other drivers; 5) Exchange insurance information with other drivers; 6) Have someone take pictures of damage to your vehicle; 7) Seek medical attention (especially if anyone has been injured).

Tips if you’re on foot

Many states don’t require pedestrians to carry insurance and only nine of those mandate that drivers who hit them carry it. That means if you’re walking on a busy street and get hit by a distracted driver, you may have to foot your own medical bills.