It doesn’t happen to everyone, but many drivers will experience at least one accident during their driving lives. If it’s never happened to you before, you might be wondering, “What do I do after a fender bender?” While the event can be overwhelming, with a little bit of preparation, you can handle the situation like a pro.
- Be prepared. Always keep a few emergency tools in your car, including a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, and insurance information.
- Stay calm. Once the sound of screeching tires and crunching metal has stopped, take a few deep breaths and assess the situation. Are you injured? Is anyone injured? If anyone needs immediate medical help, call 911. And of course, do not leave the scene.
- Check for damage. Once you’re sure everyone is safe, you can look at the damage. Do not admit fault or try to lay blame on another drive. Take pictures of everything, including the damage on your car and any other vehicles involved.
- Call the police. Most states require police involvement for accidents with any injuries or damage over $1,000. The officer will talk to all parties and witness, file a report, and issue any citations, if needed.
- Gather information. Exchange contact and insurance information with any other drivers. In addition, collect contact information for any other passengers or witnesses.
- Call your insurance. Contact your insurance ASAP and give them all the details, even if you were at fault. They will tell you what you need to do next to repair any damage.
Here at Danville Toyota, we hope this information will help you feel more prepared in case you are ever involved in an accident.