Even a minor fender bender is a traumatic experience. Here is what to do immediately afterward to protect you and your vehicle, and make the situation less stressful:
Focus on safety - Get your vehicle off the roadway as soon as possible to prevent another collision. If you can't move the vehicle, keep your seatbelt fastened, turn on your hazard lights and call 911.
Assess any injuries - Check yourself and any others in the vehicle for obvious injuries first, and then assess whether anyone has other symptoms. Call 911 and don't move an injured person unless they're in harm's way.
Call the police - If you believe a police report is warranted due to injuries or damages, or to establish...