· Take a deep breath- As much as possible, relax and assess your current situation. Check for any injuries even if you do not feel pain. Adrenaline can often mask the pain caused by an injury in a car crash. Consider going to the hospital to be assessed.
· If possible, move the vehicles to a safe spot- If no injuries are involved and the cars can be moved, move them to the safe spot out of the road to ensure safety for you and other drivers. Do not forget to turn your hazard lights on to make other drivers aware that your car is disabled.
· Call the police- ALWAYS call the police to report an accident. Never settle an accident without police involvement. A police report is often crucial for insurance companies in assigning fault for the accident.
· Take Pictures- If able, take pictures of the accident, including the damage to both vehicles and any evidence that may show fault.
· Collect information- Important information to collect includes the name, phone number, insurance information, and license plate number of the other person involved in the accident, as well as contact information of any witnesses.
· Contact your insurance company- It is important to contact you insurance company as soon as possible to let them know about the situation and to provide any information that they may need.
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