What to prepare before you Drive:
With any luck you'll carry this kit with you and never need it! But if you are in an accident here's what to do:
At the Accident Scene
- Remain Calm
- Stop your Car
- If you are blocking traffic in a dangerous or busy place, pull off to the side of the road or into a well lit parking lot (if you are able to move your car)
- Turn off your vehicle's engine and either wait for assistance, or if it is safe step out of your car.
- Check to see if you or any passengers with you are injured
- Call 911 - request the police, and request EMT/ambulance if you have any serious injuries.
- Be courteous and tactful to all parties involved, but do not admit fault at any point or discuss the details of the accident.
- Exchange information with all drivers using the forms you have prepared in your kit
- Make sure your thoughts are clear before you make any statements to the police
- Take pictures of everything involved in the accident
- Assist police, where requested, with their official report
- Take down the information about which officer responded to the scene if needed for any additional questions/comments at a later date.
- Get a copy of the police report
After the Accident
- Report the accident promptly to your insurance agent, don't send in any original forms from the accident scene - retain those for your records and keep copies. Forward any photos requested by your agent.
- Do not drive your car if it is unsafe.
- Call our office at your earliest convenience to schedule a complimentary checkup to ensure you are free of any soft tissue damage or whiplash injuries.
Download our informative brochure on auto accident injuries (complete with it's own copy of this checklist!)