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What do I do if I’m in a car accident?

You’re involved in an accident, but the accident wasn’t your fault. What do you do?

  1. At the scene, the most important thing you do is call the police. You want to be sure that there is an accident report that is made so that later on, you have the officer as a witness as to what happened, and what the people said.
  2. Before the officer gets there, gather your thoughts. You want to gather your thoughts, be coherent and organized when the officer gets there. Then, if you need to reconstruct what happened such as where you were coming from, how the accident happened, and what land marks might be there and available that you can point out to the officer.
  3. You, or someone on your behalf, should try to take photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles. When I say “scene,” I mean with the vehicles as they are before they are moved, if at all possible. Go up the road and take pictures, and go down the road and take pictures.
  4. Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. The officer may get them, but he may not, too, and you need to make sure that you have those folks available later on if you have to.