Staying Alive: What to Do – and Not Do – After a Crash
Knowing what to do and not to do is essential for all of us as behaving sensibly after a car crash and knowing what should be done after a crash before hand can save your and your family’s life and many other troubles that might trap you afterwards. A car crash is itself very terrifying but some stupidities made unconsciously sometimes aggravate the situation. Winter is more renowned for car accidents but “what to do and what not to do” is equally important for all in all seasons and remains persistent.
Mentioned below are some important points to remember after a crash:
Prepare yourself for Emergency before Hand
First of all self awareness is of peak significance. Drivers must have a cell phone, some sort of camera to capture photographs of scene if accident occurs, some information about medicines of injuries, first aid box and training, a list of contact numbers of rescue agencies.
Prefer others Safety First
Drivers facing no serious calamity having minor injuries should not become hurdle for vehicles coming afterwards by parking their sedan in the centre of the busy road. Don’t forget such stupidity may lead to additional accidents. Don’t forget to turn on hazard lights. If it’s not possible to move a car out of the way people inside should remain inside till the aid is received with seat belts fastened.
Call up Police and File a Case
Don’t flee form the location of collision until the police arrives. Do remember the names of police officers and exchange all the critical information like name, address, contact number, license number, of driver as well as owner. Don’t take casual filing a case even if the collision is minor. Convey the name of your insurance company and policy number. Be cautious of telling others or even police even in case you are at fault.
Don’t Discuss Crash with Everyone Except Police
Discussing all facts and reality with every one may create a panic and add to your trouble along with distracting your attention from what happened exactly before and at time of collision. Confessing any kind of responsibility of the accident in shock may become dangerous down the road. Discussion about your accident should be limited to police officers or insurance mediator just.
Document the Facts
To portray the exact situation of crash take photos of the location from your camera to claim actual damage. This provides documented evidence. If you think there are any eye-witnesses tried to track their contact information to make your case strong enough.
Don’t Move auto
In case of unfortunate serious accidents when the cars are damaged completely and can’t be moved then wait until police and rescue agencies arrive. If a little bit functionality is there then don’t miss to turn on headlights so that other cars may know there is something wrong and stay safe. Don’t touch any physical evidence that seems to be beneficial in inquiry. If there are seriously injured people or any death leave don’t get them out until police and ambulance arrives except the condition that car is flaming.
Leave Everything Where it is
After having severe crash no one should try to collect any fragments of vehicle or any kind of possession (like jewelry, pieces of clothes etc.) of passengers from the collision location because these are physical evidences. Police believes more on physical evidences than eye witnesses in judging what actually led to collision.
Call your Insurance Agent at the Spot
Dial up your insurance company’s contact number straight away at the collision location along with police. As you are shocked by crash so it’s possible that you won’t be able to record all the information and evidences properly. In such situation police can deliver only the exact and accurate information to your insurance agent. In this way the processing of your insurance claim becomes somewhat easy and quick.
Know Exactly What is Covered by your Insurance
One more thing worth mentioning your insurance is you should know what is covered by your insurance policy. It might become troublesome for you that after having a crash you come to know that your insurance policy doesn’t provide any support in case of rental of rental cars. If you have this knowledge of what an insurance policy covers you can make it stronger and safe in exchange of just few pennies.