Car Accident Information

A driving accident is always unexpected. The moments following a driving accident are essential for collecting the right car accident information. It’s important to follow the right steps so that your recovery from an accident is smooth. Below is a checklist of car accident advice, and some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:

Immediately following a driving accident:

  • Check for injuries
  • Move the vehicle to a safe place so that it is not obstructing the roadway (unless it is not driveable)
  • Turn off vehicle ignition
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor

What to do:

  • Collect names, addresses, and license plate numbers of all persons and vehicles involved in the accident
  • Collect insurance company information
  • Make note of the date, time, location (address), and weather conditions (including visibility)
  • Make note of specific damage to each vehicle involved
  • Make note of where the vehicle occupants were seated and indicate the vehicles’ directions of travel and lanes
  • Write down the police report number
  • Write down names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident
  • Call Empire Collision to set up an estimate
  • Call a tow truck for towing if necessary
  • Rent a car
  • Notify your insurance agent about the accident

What not to do:

  • Sign any documents unless it is for the police or your insurance agent
  • Discuss who is at “fault” or make statements about the accident to anyone but the police
  • Accept an offer of cash or any other settlement
  • Offer to pay for any damages
  • Administer first aid unless licensed to do so
  • Disavow injury to yourself or your passengers
  • Admit guilt