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What to Do Immediately After an Accident

Stop

Failure to stop is a crime. Do not obstruct traffic more than is necessary.

MEDICAL ATTENTION

Get medical attention for the injured.

SAFETY

Take all precautions to prevent further accidents: e.g. put on your flashing hazard lights.

CALL THE POLICE

Call City Police, County Sheriff, or Highway Patrol.

COMMENTS

Don't make any comments to anyone about the accident, except the police. When the police arrive, be honest and cooperate by stating the facts. Avoid guessing, making admissions or giving opinions.

WITNESSES

Get witnesses' names, addresses, phone numbers, comments, etc.

TAKE PHOTOS

Take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to the vehicles, if you have a camera and are able to safely do so. If possible take photos of the other driver(s) Insurance Card to collect the VIN number and other important information.

UNATTENDED VEHICLES

If you collide with an unattended vehicle or other property, you must STOP as above and either locate the owner or leave a conspicuous written notice for the owner giving the name and address of the driver and owner of your vehicle, the registration number of the vehicle you are driving, and a statement of the circumstances, and then notify the nearest police authority as soon as possible.

IDENTIFICATION

Give your name, address, vehicle registration number, and upon request, exhibit your driver’s license and insurance information to any other party to the accident and to the police officer. Get this information from the other driver(s). If possible obtain the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) found on the other driver(s) vehicle or Insurance Card.

DON'T LEAVE

Unless you are seriously injured or have to go with an injured person, don’t leave unless the police officer leaves or tells you to leave.

TAKE NOTES

Make your own written notes to help you remember the facts.

CALL MONTLICK

If the accident was not your fault and you or someone you know was injured, call us for your Free Consultation.

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