What To Do If You Were In A Car Accident

Accident Checklist

The time after an auto accident is very hetic and confusing. We made an easy list on what to do after an auto accident.

Stay Calm
Stop to protect your passengers and your car. Call an ambulance for any injured party. Set flares if you carry them, and do not leave the scene of the accident.

Exchange Documents
Don’t discuss the accident with anyone or blame anyone, including yourself.  Exchange only your license, registration and insurance information.

Driver Facts
Take down the name, address, operator’s license number, date of birth, sex, state of license, and the phone number of the other driver.

Ownership Facts
Write down the name, address, and the insurance company of the owner of the other car involved. The driver may not be the owner of the car.

Injured Parties
Seek information from police for all injured parties involved including passengers. Take down the names, addresses, dates of birth, sex, and extent of injury.  See a doctor as soon as possible if you are injured.

Be sure to write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any people who saw the accident but weren’t involved in it.

Get a Report
Talk to the police officer(s) and get their name(s) and when and where a police report will be available.

Note the make, body type, year, and license number of the other vehicle. Also, make note of the damage to the other vehicle. If possible, take pictures.

Draw a Diagram
Make a note below the diagram of the date and time of the accident. Write down the location including the street, intersection, or any landmarks. If possible take pictures.

Report the Accident
Report the accident to your insurance broker or agent immediately.

If you are involved in an accident, we recommend you speak to a personal injury attorney that handles auto accident cases. Visit our auto accident information page to learn more.