Accidents can happen, even if you make safety a priority behind the wheel. That’s why it’s crucial that Alabama drivers know which steps to take after an accident occurs, from getting your vehicle to safety to speaking with bystanders. U.S. News & World Report offers the following advice in this case, which will help you take the correct action should an accident occur.
Move Your Vehicle
After checking to make sure you and your passengers are OK, your next move should be to get your vehicle out of the flow of traffic. You should also contact law enforcement right away, as they can assist in redirecting other drivers as well as creating a police report (which can be useful for making an accident claim). If you’re unable to move your vehicle, turn on the hazard lights and set up flares a safe distance away.
Talk to Other Drivers
The next step should be to speak with other drivers involved. You want to get their contact and insurance information to report the incident to your insurance company. Regardless of who you feel is at fault for what happened, refrain from assuming blame or pointing the finger at others. However, it’s important to provide accurate answers about what occurred, especially to the police.
Document the Scene
If you’re able to, take pictures of the scene. It may be hard to recall certain pieces of information and a picture can be useful for remembering details. You should also ask for the contact information of any witnesses on the scene. Witness statements are a great way to establish fault, especially if you end up filing a claim in civil court.