Car Accident Guide Checklist

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Car Accident Guide

Car Accident Checklist

At Carriage Collision Center, we know that automobile accidents are a shocking and stressful experience. Car accidents happen even to the most cautious of drivers and can happen anywhere even calm Flowery Branch backroads. While collecting yourself and making sure everyone is safe is of utmost importance after things clam down you should collect all the needed information. The following steps can help keep everyone safe and keep vital information organized.

It’s pretty hard to remember what to do after the initial shock and surprise of an accident. Car accidents happen to many responsible drivers. If you are involved in a car accident, follow these tips to make sure you are prepared.

In the confusion of the moment, you may forget a few things. Consider printing this accident checklist and storing it in your car. That way, you’ll have a handy reference for what to do if you’re involved in a fender-bender.


1. Safety First

  • Stop your vehicle and move it to a safe nearby location.
  • Check to see if anyone is injured—call 911 for medical assistance.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident.
  • Make sure everyone involved moves to a safe location.
  • Contact the police. They will let you know if an officer needs to be present at the scene.

Above all the first steps you take in an accident should be to keep everyone safe if you’re able to move your vehicle to a secure location away from traffic. After getting away from other potential hazards check everyone for injuries and call 911 to alert the proper authorities if anyone is hurt. Also, never leave the scene of an accident and be sure to call the police they will let you know if they need to send out an officer as not all accidents require a police presence.

Talking To The Authorities

When talking to a police offer, it’s important to communicate calmly and effectively. While the situation is certainly stressful, do not panic or raise your voice. Remain calm, polite, and professional. Cooperate with the police and provide any requested information; however, you should never admit fault for the accident or incident.

2. Collect Information

Individuals involved (including any witnesses):

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email

Vehicles involved:

  • Year, make, and model
  • License plate number
  • Insurance carrier
  • Insurance policy number

You should be prepared to collect and share the information with anyone else involved in the accident. Contact information is essential, so get names, phone numbers, email addresses, and mailing addresses of all involved parties. Also, collect the following information for all the cars involved including make, model, year, and license plate number. Insurance information is key so be sure to collect the other driver’s insurance provider and policy number. If the police do send out an officer be sure to get their name, contact number, and the police report number for any future insurance claims.

3. Document the Accident

Take photos of:

  • Damage to your vehicle(s)
  • The accident scene
  • Take photos of all the relevant information. Take photos of any damage to your automobile, the scene of the accident itself, the people involved in the accident if you can, or pictures of their driver’s license if they share that information. When reporting the incident to your insurance company be sure to mention you have pictures.


    Prepare for a Car Accident … Before it Happens

    No matter where you drive, be it Gainesville or Oakwood, accidents can happen, so its essential to be prepared. Make sure to always have these either in your wallet, phones, or vehicle:

    • Insurance ID card
    • Vehicle registration
    • List of emergency contacts
    • Medical card listing allergies to any medication, or special conditions
    • Pen or pencil
    • Note pad
    • Flashlight
    • Flares
    • First-aid kit
    • Blanket
    • Jumper cables
    • Rags or paper towels
    • Trash bags

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