React appropriately after a crash

What actions should you take after you’ve been in a car accident?

Roads everywhere are busy and crowded, and accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Even if you drive carefully and safely everywhere you go, it’s entirely possible that you could wind up getting involved in a collision. Hopefully that will never happen, but just in case it does, it helps to be prepared. What actions should you take after you’ve been in a car accident? Read on for some suggestions, and while this is not a replacement for advice from legal counsel or your insurance company, you may find them useful.

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Steps to take if you are involved in an automobile accident

  • Remain calm and look over yourself and your passengers for injuries. Be vocal and make sure everyone is okay. 
  • Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of your situation. 
  • Even if it is just a small fender-bender, call the police. Having a police report on file will be helpful for insurance companies to determine fault, as well as provide other fact-gathering assistance. Plus, quite simply, it needs to be reported. 
  • If it is indeed a small accident, move your vehicles out of the way of traffic and to a safe place. 
  • Don’t admit fault or leave the scene. Speak as little as necessary. When you do speak, avoid giving your opinions. Just state the facts. 
  • If it is safe to do so, take photos. This may help for legal and insurance purposes. 
  • If you need medical attention, seek it as soon as possible. 

We hope you never need to use these suggestions, but just in case, we hope they are helpful. Stay in touch with the Honda of Victoria blog for more helpful hints of the automotive world.