Even the best drivers can be subject to car accidents. Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, may save a life, and it can often help to avoid legal problems.
If you’ve been in an accident, the following actions are recommended: Stop your car, no matter how slight the accident and no matter whose fault, and do whatever possible to alert oncoming traffic to any obstruction caused by the vehicles involved in the accident. Assist any injured persons by calling an ambulance and by rendering first aid if you know how.
Call the police. Identify the other driver and, if possible, get his or her insurance information. Get the names and addresses of passengers and witnesses. Take notes of all significant circumstances concerning the accident. Make no comments on the accident, admit nothing and sign nothing.
Don’t leave the scene until all the injured have been assisted, the police have investigated, you have notes about the other driver and his or her insurance, witnesses have been identified and you have taken photos if you were able. Notify your insurance representative and send written notice as soon as possible.
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