As a new driver, you are probably excited to get out on the road. The independence is thrilling, but you also need to take the responsibility of driving seriously. If you do not know what to do after a car crash, this guide is for you.
You passed the test, got your picture taken, and now you are officially legal to drive. We know you have gotten the talk—the one about being responsible, showing respect for the rules of the road, and understanding just how dangerous driving can be. We know you are tired of hearing it, so that’s not what this article is.
Instead, we want to give you some practical advice, something that you can use in a worst-case scenario. We hope you never have to use it, but all the same, this quick-reference guide might come in handy if you are ever in an accident.
Stay Calm and Keep Yourself and Others Safe
If you are not sure what to do after a car crash, start here—take a moment to calm yourself before you do anything. Even a fender bender can send you hurtling into stress-mode, so if you want to avoid making mistakes after an accident, it is critical to keep your wits about you.
In some accidents, it is not possible for you to exit the vehicle to check on others. Either it is not safe for you to do so, or you might be trapped in your vehicle. If this is the case, call 911.
If you are in an accident that does not seem that serious, you need to move your vehicle out of the way of traffic. Turn on your hazard signals and pull to the side of the road.
Check for Injuries, then Call for Help
Once you think you are calm enough to take everything in, it’s time to make sure no one needs medical attention. Begin by taking stock of yourself. Be aware that injuries might not be apparent right away. If you, a passenger, or the other driver needs medical care, call 911 immediately.
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Gather Relevant Information
Now that you have made sure everyone is safe, it’s time to start getting the information that you will need for your insurance claim. Make sure to write down the other driver’s name, address, phone number, insurance company, and insurance policy number. Keep your phone handy to take pictures of the damage to both cars. Take photos from multiple angles.
As soon as possible, write down your memory of the accident. If you have to, draw a picture of the sequence of events. Also, record the date, time, driving conditions, and any other concrete details that might help your case. Look around to see if there are any witnesses who might help you corroborate your version of events.
Even if you think that you were at fault, do not say so. Do not apologize to the other driver.
Now That Your Teen Knows What to Do After a Car Crash, Get the Legal Help You Need
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