If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to know what steps to take afterward. Many Texans are not sure what to do after a car or truck accident, which can lead to problems, including claim denials.
Check for injuries and call 911 if necessary
If anyone appears to be seriously injured, it is important to call 911 immediately. Even if there do not appear to be any serious injuries, it is still a good idea to have a medical professional take a look at everyone involved in the accident. This can help to ensure that there are no hidden injuries that could become worse over time.
Move to a safe location
If possible, move your car to the side of the road. If you are unable to move your car or truck, turn on your hazard lights so that other drivers will see you. This can help to prevent further motor vehicle accidents.
Exchanging insurance information with the other driver can help the claims process move smoothly. Among other details, make sure you exchange names, phone numbers and insurance policy numbers.
Get the witnesses’ contact information
It’s important to be able to call on witnesses to the accident if there are any disputes later on. Make sure to get their name, phone number and email address if possible.
Call your insurance company
After you have gotten medical attention and exchanged information with the other driver, call your insurance company to report the accident. Your insurance company will then be able to help you through the claims process.
These are just a few of the steps that you should take after a motor vehicle accident. The most important thing, however, is to be sure that no one is seriously hurt.