Getting behind the wheel on the open road can be risky, no matter how good of a driver you are. There are always going to be other drivers on the road, hazardous weather conditions and other distractions that could potentially be the cause of an accident. Whether you are at fault our not, auto accidents can be unexpected and incredibly stressful.
While you can hope and pray that you are never involved in an auto accident, they may be more common than you think. In Nevada, there were nearly 52,000 auto crashes reported in 2010. While all auto accidents have varying degrees of severity, what to do after an auto accident remains the same.
1. Be prepared for any situation. Keep a roadside emergency kit in your car in the event of an accident. This should include flares, a flashlight, a pen and paper, your auto insurance and medical information, and of course, a camera if your phone does not already have one.
2. Remain calm. No matter who was at fault, the best thing to do is keep level-headed to properly deal with the situation.
3. Immediately call 9-1-1 if there are injuries, or even injuries are suspected.
4. Call the local police to report the accident, as well as your insurance agency to report a claim.
5. Be sure to move your vehicle out of the way of traffic, if possible and turn hazard lights on.
Of course, exchanging information with the other driver involved is one of the most important things you can do. If there is injury or property damage, it will be up to the person at fault to cover the cost of those things. Your insurance agent will work that claim out for you, but without information on the driver such as car make and model, insurance information and license information, none of that can take place… easily at least.
And the most important thing you can do after a car accident: never leave the scene until police and other drivers do.