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Have an Action Plan Set in Case of an Auto Accident

On average, over 6 million auto accidents occur annually on U.S. roads. With statistics this high, it's wise to be prepared by having an accident action plan in place like the following.

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Create an Emergency Kit

Along with having a cell phone on you, put a notepad and pen in a kit for your car, along with a disposable camera if your phone isn't equipped with one. Other key components include basic first aid supplies, drinking water, non-perishable snacks, a blanket, and a flashlight. Also, add a set of warning triangles or cones and emergency flares.

Make Personal Safety Paramount

If an accident immobilizes your vehicle in the middle of a busy intersection or roadway, keep your seat belt fastened, turn on your hazard lights, dial 9-1-1, and stay inside until help arrives. If your car is operational, turn on the hazards and carefully drive it onto the shoulder. Put out flares, cones, or warning triangles, but don't leave the scene if the police are on their way.

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Take Photos and Names

If you're able to do so safely, take photos of the scene and any damage to the vehicles involved. If there are eyewitnesses, try to obtain names and contact information. Photos and witnesses can be valuable for establishing fault.

Document Vital Information

If another vehicle is involved, exchange information with the driver. Get the driver's name, address and phone number, their insurer's name, and policy number. If the driver isn't listed on the insurance card, ask their relationship with the owner. Write down the vehicle's license plate number, along with the make, model, color, and year.

Report the Accident

Unless the accident resulted in an injury, the police may not come to the scene. If they don't, you should still file an accident report. State vehicle accident reports are available at your local police department, or you may be able to download the form on your Department of Motor Vehicles' website.

While an accident action plan can help you cope, it can't prevent crashes and collisions. For expert auto body repair after an accident, contact us today at Gerber Collision & Glass

DISCLAIMER: This article is presented for informational purposes only and should not be seen as any kind of advice. The information provided herein or linked to via this article is 'as is' with no guarantee of accuracy or completeness. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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