WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT?

Knowing what to do in the aftermath of a collision can help prevent further injuries, minimize costs and facilitate further actions relevant to insurance matters and repairs.

In all cases, from a mild fender-bender to serious injury accidents, taking prompt action can save lives and improve the outcome for everyone involved. 

Be Prepared

Keep your proof of insurance in your vehicle as required by law! Keeping first aid supplies or an emergency kit in your car is a good precautionary measure. Flares, a bright orange or yellow vest, a cell phone and a disposable camera for those without smartphones are helpful in an emergency. A pen and notepad may also come in handy for making notes after a collision incident while events are still fresh in your mind.

Immediately report any accident to the plice and your insurance company. After any  accident the insured and the authorized driver must submit a written deposition (claim form) to the insurance company no later than 48 hours after the accident.

Information  you should collect after a collision:

  • The names, phones and addresses of all drivers, passengers and witnesses involved in the accident
  • License plate numbers, driver's license numbers
  • Insurance companies of all drivers involved
  • Registered owners of all cars
  • Year, make, model and other relevant information of all cars involved
  • Names and badge numbers of police officers and other emergency personnel

Actions to take after a collision event:

  • If your vehicle is still moving after impact, pull over to the side of the road, turn off your engine and switch on your hazard lights.
  • If anyone is hurt, do not move the person until a trained professional can assess their injuries.
  • Place flares, cones, or triangles alongside the road in advance of and behind the collision site as a warning to passing traffic.
  • Call the police. Be sure to inform them immediately of any injuries so proper emergency personnel will be mobilized.
  • Stay at the scene of the accident.
  • Making notes and photographing the scene of the accident provides good documentation which may help expedite any claims investigations. Notes should include accident location, road and weather conditions, speed limits, traffic control devices and lighting.
  • Try to avoid discussing what happened with anyone else except the police. Limit yourself in only describing facts. Do not make accusations and do not say that it was your fault.
  • Even if you think that you are at fault do not admit liability. It is possible  there are factors unknown to you that played a role in the event.  Comments  you  make could be counterproductive.
  • If afterward you suspect  you may have an injury, visit a hospital or a doctor immediately. Not only will this ensure your safety and well being, but it may help yhou with any future claims or in any future litigation.

By following these simple steps you will help prevent further damage after the accident and  protect your rights to future claims.

Contact

Carrollton Collision Center

1105 Vandergriff Dr.
Directions Carrollton, TX 75006

  • : 1-877-212-7176

Hours

  • Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am - Noon
  • Sunday Closed
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