Post-Accident Checklist

Car accidents are, unfortunately, not uncommon and can happen anywhere, including in Fairlawn, Akron, and Cleveland. When a car accident occurs, there are a handful of specific actions you need to take in order to make the metaphorical cleanup process as smooth as possible.

In this guide, we at Montrose Ford of Fairlawn will give you a detailed rundown of everything you need to do after a car accident. Read ahead to learn more about what to do immediately after the accident, after you're safely out of harm's way, and after you've left the accident scene! Visit our collision center if you've been involved in an accident.

Immediately After the Car Accident

The moment after a car accident occurs can be a bit hectic. However, there are still a few important things you have to remember to do:

  • Make yourself as safe as possible. If you're not injured and can get yourself out of the vehicle and to the side of the road, do so. If you're injured in any way, keep your seatbelt on and move as far away from broken glass and metal as you can.
  • Once you're as safe as you can be, assess your injuries as well as the safety and injuries of others involved in the car accident.
  • Call 911 and report the accident. Tell them to send at least an officer and an ambulance if someone is injured.
  • After you hang up with 911, call your insurance company and report the accident to them as well. This is the time to request a tow truck, if necessary.

After You're Safe

After you've removed yourself and all others from immediate danger, there are several things you need to do:

  • Remain cool, calm, and collected. Be polite with others involved in the car accident but avoid talking about the accident itself in order to prevent yourself from accidentally admitting fault.
  • Get information from any witnesses and other people involved, including their full names, insurance information, and contact information.
  • Document as much as you can about the car accident and the scene using photos and videos. No detail is too small, including skid marks on the road and small dents on your vehicle.
  • Write everything down about the accident as soon as you can. Draw pictures if you need to. Also, don't overlook details like smells, weather and road conditions, pedestrians around the scene of the accident, and more.

After You've Left the Scene

Once the tow truck has picked you up and you've left the scene of the accident, there's still a few things you'll have things to do to get this accident squared away:

  • Have your vehicle looked at by a professional technician and get all damages related to the accident repaired.
  • Get in touch with the reporting police officer, emergency officials, and towing company to obtain copies of their records.
  • Be sure to obtain and keep all receipts that relate to the accident, including transportation from the scene of the accident, medical bills, vehicle repairs, etc.
  • Speak with your insurance agent to get instructions about how to file your claim.

Been in a Car Accident?

We at Montrose Ford of Fairlawn are happy to answer any additional post-car accident questions you may have as well as help you pick up the pieces after a recent accident. Drivers in Fairlawn, Akron, and Cleveland should contact us today for more information!

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