Stop by our Collision and Towing Center to pick up your complete pamphlet “In Case of an Accident…” and keep in the glove compartment of your vehicle.
If you are in an accident, follow these 8 simple steps to ensure your physical and legal safety.
Remain calm. Stop safely. Turn emergency lights on. Watch for oncoming traffic.
An apology can imply fault. Never admit fault. If you have to say something, ask “Are you OK?”
Call an ambulance if people are injured. Notify your supervisor if you are driving a company vehicle.
Complete witness information section in Step 6.
Provide Contact Info
Show your driver’s license and registration. Complete contact information for other involved driver in Step 6.
Record the Facts
Write down the Make, Model License Plate #, Insurance, Owner’s Name and Contact Info of Other Drivers and Vehicles
Get a Release from the Other Driver
If the Other Driver agrees you’re not a fault, ask them to sign a release from any fault or liability for the accident with other driver’s signature and date.
Notify Insurance Company
- Report the accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles as soon as possible.
- Write a complete description of the accident while it’s fresh in your mind.
- Have even minor damage fixed. Letting your car go unrepaired can cost you in the long run.
- Never discuss accident details with anyone other than police and insurance company.
- Never agree to a phone recording or give a signed statement to other drivers’ claims adjustor/insurance company.
- Don’t be fooled by a lower estimate. You have the right to choose the body shop. Don’t sign release until every detail is repaired to your satisfaction.
- Never allow your car to be towed to a repair shop you are not familiar with. Don’t authorize repairs by signing a tow release unless you have decided to have your car repaired by the shop it is being towed to.