Many people spend much of their day on the roads, and despite defensive driving, you many still encounter accidents leading to car wrecks. If (knock on wood) such an incident befalls you, then here are basic guidelines to follow:
If anyone is injured, do call 911 right away. Do not try to play doctor or be a hero. If you have sustained an injury, then you need medical attention at the soonest possible time. Injuries may not be immediately felt so be sure to see a doctor and follow the doctor’s advice.
Contact the police authorities. Make sure you get a copy of the police incident report for your insurance and other needs.
Do take note of important details of the accident. When in an accident, you may experience that time seems to slow down and due to this, many witnesses would immediately leave the scene as authorities clear the area. Make sure of the following:
Get contact information of the other driver, such as name, address, phone number and insurance details;
Identify witnesses and obtain their contact information. It would be best to get a statement from them at the soonest possible time since time affects the memories of witnesses;
Take note of the details of other vehicles in the vicinity, such as make, model and color;
After obtaining all these, do add your personal account of the circumstances surrounding the accident. Having photos or sketches of the scene would be most helpful.
Avoid pointing fault at the scene and leave this matter to the investigators of the case. If the other party admits to fault, take note of the admission. Be sure that other people witnessed such admission as it may prove helpful later on.