In an Accident?
If You Are in an Accident, What Should You Do Next? Find Out With This Step-By-Step Guide from Ourisman Collision Centers
At Ourisman Collision Center near Washington D.C., we truly hope that you will never be in a car accident. However, we also think that it’s always better to be overly prepared than under-prepared. If you ever happen to be in a collision, the adrenaline may make it difficult to remember what you should do. Knowing beforehand can help you stay calm, which is why we’re offering this step-by-step guide. Learn more below.
1. Check for Injuries
The first thing you should do if you’re in an accident is assess yourself and your passengers for injury. If anyone is injured, call 911 and wait for help. If the injuries are serious, don’t try to move anyone until medical help arrives.
2. Move to Safety and Contact the Police
If the vehicles involved in the crash can still be driven, you should move them to the side of the road. At this point, you may set up flares or emergency triangles to warn other drivers; however, the most important thing to do is to move away from your vehicle. Even if it’s parked on the side of the road, it’s still at greater risk for further collision. After you’ve moved your vehicle to safety (if possible), you will need to call the police. Either an officer will be dispatched to the scene, or you will be able to file a report later.
3. Document the Accident
Next up, it’s time to document the accident. If the police are coming, you can do this while you wait; if no officer is coming, it’s even more important. Take pictures of your vehicles from numerous angles, and write down information like the type, color, and model of the other vehicle or vehicles, the location where the accident happened, the date and time the accident happened, and the type of visible damage you see. Write down what happened, with as many details as possible. You may also talk to the other drivers involved, but be careful. You will both want to exchange your full names and contact information, your insurance company and policy numbers, your vehicle registration numbers, and your driver’s license and license plate numbers, but otherwise limit your conversation. Even something as simple as an apology may later be used as an admission of guilt.
4. File an Insurance Claim
If you decide that the damage is serious enough that repairing it will exceed your insurance deductible, you can call and file an insurance claim. This will start the repair process. If the damage is only minor, you may want to skip this step and move on to the next one.
5. Find a Certified Collision Center
Finally, you will want to find a place you can trust to restore your vehicle to its former greatness. At Ourisman Collision Centers, we have a renowned reputation for doing just that, and we will be glad to help if you are in or near Bethesda, Rockville, Bowie, Laurel, Woodlawn, or Dundalk. We can even handle your insurance for you.
Come to Ourisman Collision Centers for Certified Collision Repairs
We operate several collision centers that provide a premier opportunity for you to access comprehensive auto body repairs according to certified quality. Our objective is for certified technicians to restore the pre-damage appearance and functionality in a state-of-the-art facility with the latest collision center technologies and genuine OEM parts. Schedule service at the location nearest you online or by phone.