A stalled vehicle in the middle of the road can cause more accidents. Other drivers may not immediately see what has happened and can cause another collision. Always put signs a few meters before your accident site. An early warning device like a cone, triangle, or maybe even a flare will help. If the accident is minor and you have already taken photos, you may want to move the cars to the side. In any case, always shut off the engine and trigger the hazard lights.
Call for help
Immediately check for injuries on yourself, or on others. If someone is injured, or suspected to be injured, call for an ambulance right away. Even for minor accidents, I would recommend calling the police always. Even if you have already agreed with the other party, a police report always helps your insurance claiming process. While waiting for the authorities or medical personnel, stay clear of the road.
Collect as much information
Collect as much information as you can. You will need at least the following information:
- driver's information and contact details
- driver's license
- passenger's names and contact details
- car registration
- license plate numbers
- insurance information
- address of where the accident happened
- police's name and badge number
Make sure you get information for all parties involved in the accident. It may be difficult and time consuming to write all this down, you can take photos of the different documents to save time. Just make sure it is clear enough for you to read afterwards. Also take a lot of photos of the damage, cars, and surroundings. It is best to take from all angles.
After the accident
What should you do after the accident? This is where all the information gathering you did will pay off. When filing a claim with you insurance company, the better the information you can give, the better. This is also when you will test just how fast, responsive, and caring your chosen insurance provider is. At Western Pacific Insurance, we work hard in making sure that our clients are well-protected with policies that they can afford. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (702) 932-3105 or Click Here to request a free quote.