Many people believe that they have a clear understanding of the steps they should take if they are part of a car accident. For example, you should move to the side of the road, call 911 and exchange information with the other driver.
However, there are many steps you can also take to prepare for a potential car accident. When you do these things, you'll feel much better about where things stand should you find yourself in this position.
Here are some tips to follow:
- Pack a roadside safety kit, such as one with flares, Band-Aids and other types of aids
- Keep all important documents (insurance card and registration, for example) in an easy to reach place, such as your glove box
- Keep your phone with you when driving (but don't use it when your vehicle is in motion)
Even if you have a clean driving record and are doing your part in avoiding on-the-road trouble, you could still be part of an accident. For instance, it's possible that another driver could become distracted, thus causing a crash.
You don't want to think about being part of a car accident, but it could happen when you least expect it. By preparing in advance, you won't have to search for answers if you're put in this difficult spot.
Once you deal with the immediate aftermath of the accident, you can then learn more about the cause and your legal rights. You may be able to seek compensation from the negligent party, such as for your injuries and damage to your vehicle.
Source: Esurance, "How to handle a car accident in 7 easy steps," accessed Feb. 08, 2018