What to Do After A Collision
What should you do in the aftermath of a collision? A car accident can result in trauma, which can cloud your judgment or thought process, so the team here at Premier Collision Center New Orleans has compiled a list of steps to follow immediately after you are involved in a collision.
- Stop your vehicle when it is clear, safe and legal to do so.
- Move the car out of all lanes of traffic, when is clear, safe and legal (in some states it is illegal to move a car from the place of the accident, while in other states, it is required).
- Turn off the ignitions of any vehicles involved in the accident.
- Conduct a first aid check of all people involved, and see if anyone needs medical assistance or is in immediate danger.
- Contact the police by dialing 911. If necessary, call emergency medical services.
- Mark the scene of the collision with retro-reflective triangles or flares.
- Remove any collision debris and objects from the road that may cause risk or damage to other motorists.
- Write down all the names of occupants in the vehicles, as well as any nearby witnesses of the accident.
- Create a diagram of where each vehicle's passengers were seated, and indicate each vehicle's direction of travel and its lane. Also note the date, time and weather conditions.
- Ask for the driver's license of the other motorist and write down the number.
- Exchange auto insurance details, but DO NOT discuss "fault" of the accident, or make statements about the collision to anyone besides the police.
- Get a copy of the police report of the car accident from your local police precinct. Be cooperative with the police, and avoid suggesting the accident was exclusively your fault.
- Take photos from the collision area and of all vehicles involved.
- Consider contacting someone to pick you up from the scene of the collision, as it may be unsafe for you to drive following the trauma of an accident.
- Call Premier Collision Center New Orleans for assistance in the New Orleans, LA area.