If you have ever been the victim of an accident you are probably all too familiar with the uncertainly and stress of what to do next. Who should I call for help? Should I attempt to move my car? Do I need a wrecker service? No matter how you feel try not to panic, it is very important that you keep a clear head.
What to Do After a Traffic Accident Checklist
Check for injuries. Check yourself and your passengers to make sure that no one is injured. Your body’s initial response is to produce adrenaline and it is not uncommon for accident victims to be injured and not notice it right away. If there is even the slightest doubt that you or someone else involved is hurt, call for medical attention immediately. In the case of injury, extensive damage to one or more of the vehicles involved, or if someone involved in the accident is becoming confrontational, you should contact the police immediate.
Use blinkers. Before exiting your vehicle, turn on your blinkers to alert other drivers to proceed with caution. Once out of your car stand a safe distance away while you communicate with other drivers and wait for help to arrive.
Contact information. Obtain as much information as you can such as the name, address, phone numbers, driver’s license information and insurance information of any of the other drivers and witnesses involved in the accident. Never admit blame or fault and don’t get into an argument with anyone at the accident scene
Document car accident. Use your cell phone to take pictures and document the accident scene before contacting your insurance company.
When to Call a Towing Company & Wrecker Service
Your car is damaged beyond repair: On many occasions damage sustained in a car accident is minor giving you the ability to document the damage and drive away. On other occasions, a car accident can leave you with a vehicle that is damaged beyond repair. Contact your Citywide Towing professional to schedule your emergency wrecker service to get your vehicle off of the road and transported to the nearest auto garage to be evaluated by your insurance carrier.
Your vehicle won’t start: It is not unusual for a vehicle to refuse to start back up after a collision even a minor one. The force of impact may have disconnected the electrical systems or interfered with your engine. Instead of fighting against your vehicle, contact Citywide Towing to transport your car to the nearest auto repair shop for professional evaluation and repairs.
You or one of your passengers are injured: If you are hurt the last thing on your mind should be what to do with your car. Have someone contact the experts at Citywide Towing to transport your vehicle for you to give you the peace of mind of knowing that your vehicle is off the road and being properly attended to while you are at the emergency room.