In 2014 more than 120,000 traffic accidents were reported in Virginia, and 6,000 of those crashes were in Norfolk alone. Whenever you sit behind the wheel of a car, you take the risk of getting into an accident. Check out this information to familiarize yourself with what to do in case you are in a car accident, and then print this post and place it in your car’s glove box. That way, you’ll have it at your fingertips in the unfortunate event that you need it.
Call the Police
If you feel you are in an emergency situation where anyone’s life, health or safety is at stake, dial 911 immediately. If you don’t feel the situation is an emergency, contact police using the non-emergency phone number for the city in which the accident occurred (Norfolk is: 757-441-5610).
Without police, there will be no official record of the accident. This official record is crucial to ensuring you receive proper compensation from your insurance company. After calling, do not move your car until police arrive at the scene.
Get Medical Attention
If the situation is an emergency, and you or somebody else involved in the accident needs medical attention call 911 and make sure that they are attended to.
If you feel any discomfort at all, seek and accept medical treatment, even if it seems very minor at the time. Adrenaline will mask pain in the moments following the accident, so make sure to check for even dull aches or persistent throbbing.
Take Notes and Get Witness Information
If you don’t have a pen and paper, use the recording feature on your phone, or call a friend to write down all the information for you. You don’t have to wait for police to arrive to speak to witnesses and get testimonials about the accident.
Be sure to record:
- What is the location and time of the accident?
- What area of your car was damaged?
- What type of vehicle hit you? Document the make, model, color, bumper stickers, license plate number, and any other identifying traits of the car.
Witness accounts of the accident are fantastic, but a picture speaks a thousand words. If you have access to a camera, make sure to take many photos of the damage to your car, the other parties’ cars, any injuries you may have, and the location of the accident. Do not move your car until the police have completed their report and you have taken as many photos as possible.
Contact your Insurance Company
Exchange insurance information at the scene of the accident with all parties involved. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. Your insurance company will help you file a claim, either with another party in the accident or on your own policy.
Call Your Attorney
Whenever you or a loved one have been injured, it is important to have the help you need in the legal battles ahead.
Plan to Buy a New Car
After your accident you will need to find a new form of transportation even in the interim of repairs. Whether you need drastic repairs or services, are looking for a new Ford F-150 or other best-in-class safety vehicle, Beach Ford is the place to go.