After a car accident, it’s always hard to think clearly and to remain calm, but it is important to take a few deep breaths and make sure you and anyone involved is not seriously injured. The next crucial step is to immediately call the police by dialing 911.
Filing a report with the police helps to protect all parties involved, helps prevent fraudulent claims and legal ramifications. Reporting an accident to the police is generally part of any insurance company’s accident protocol.
Additionally, it is incredibly important to report any accidents that you witness. As a bystander, your perspective could be invaluable to those investigating simply because you would be unbiased and, for the most part, emotionally uncompromised.
When you are involved in or witness an auto accident, follow these procedures:
- Make sure it is safe for you to leave the area where the accident has happened. It may too dangerous to exit your car.
- Stay at the scene of the accident until the police have come and gone. Make sure to get the name of the officer and provide them with your account of the event.
- Get the information of all involved, including their names, addresses and insurance carrier.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
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