After an accident, your heart is likely pounding, and your hands, probably shaking. Car accidents are unexpected and often frightening. Reduce your stress level after an accident by being prepared.
What to Do
1) Take a moment and breathe.
2) Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights.
3) Check for injuries.
4) Call 9-1-1. The operator can alert police, ambulance, and fire crew as needed, as well as provide you with useful information in how to deal with your emergency.
5) Use a camera or camera phone to snap pictures of the damage on both vehicles. Also, take a picture of the license plate of any other vehicle involved.
7) Exchange the following information with the other driver/s; if you don't have a pen or paper readily available, use your phone's camera to take a picture of their insurance card, driver's license, and registration.
Keeping these items in your car could help you in the event of an accident:
Who to Call
1) 9-1-1. The operator can alert police, ambulance, and fire crew as needed, as well as provide you with useful information in how to deal with your emergency.
2) Your local non-emergency contact number, if known, and if the incident is a minor fender bender.
3) Your insurance provider to report a claim. Call Direct at 1-800-403-1077.