Car accidents are terrifying, there's no doubt about it. No matter the damage, whether it's a small fender bender or a more severe accident, you must be prepared. When you are hit, your mind runs around in all different directions, and this is perfectly understandable.
You never really know when you're going to be involved in an accident, and it usually wasn't your fault. Therefore, you should always be prepared for what may happen. We recommend carrying out an emergency kit that you can keep in your vehicle.
The first thing you should always keep in your vehicle is a card with all your contacts. This includes your driver's license information, any allergy information (for medical personnel), vehicle registration, emergency contacts and health insurance information. Also remember to include a flashlight, a blanket for warmth, a multi-tool, matches, a seat belt and window cutter, a road map, a phone charger, and money.
What should I do during a car accident?
When dealing with an accident, avoid bracing yourself for impact. This could damage your arms or legs quite badly. Keep breathing and try to remain as calm as possible. If you are able to drive your car, make sure to spot in a safe area and call 911 as soon as possible. Stay in your car.
Get out of the car (slowly, to avoid further injury) and put triangles, and cones to protect approaching traffic. Call your insurance company as soon as possible, only after you have called the police and they are on their way. A police report may be required to file a claim with your insurance company, so always involve the police.
Take photos from:
• Traffic lights or stop signs if you are near an intersection.
• The plate number of the other car in case he/she leaves the scene.
• If you or the other driver suffers any injuries, take photos to claim them.
Although you may not notice any pain or discomfort now, but you will eventually experience it. To be involved in an accident is hard, but the adrenaline after the car accident is so strong that your body may not be in pain right away. Even if you feel fine, seek medical attention - this is for insurance fines and for your own safety!
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