- Go to a safe location away from traffic if you or your passengers are not seriously hurt.
- Call the officers to the scene and wait for them there.
- Collect as much information as possible.
For insurance or legal purposes, you need as much information as you can get. You will need drivers’ and passengers’ names, license plate numbers, types of vehicles, parties involved, and insurance details. When you are waiting for help to come, take notes. Ask for their contact details if there are witnesses. Whenever possible, you can also take photographs of the scene and the property damages. When the police come, save the contact details of any responding police officers.
Be mindful about sharing with others the data of your accident. When talking about the particulars or any car accident, particularly the other insurance company, use caution as they will always try to get you to settle for a smaller price than you should. Contact an attorney if in doubt, significantly if you were injured in the accident.
A car accident can happen to anyone and that is why you should be prepared for this type of situation. This is especially true if you plan on pursuing your car accident claim on your own.