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Prepare for the "Just In Case" of an Auto Accident

Nearly 6-7 million auto accidents occur yearly on U.S. roads. It's smart to be prepared by having a "just in case" accident plan in place like the following:

  • Build an Emergency Kit Cell phone on you, access to a notepad and pen or know how to use NOTES on your cell, a disposable camera if your phone doesn't have one. Other basic first aid supplies, drinking water, snacks, a blanket and a flashlight. Also add a set of warning triangles or cones and emergency flares.
  • Prioritize Personal Safety First If an accident immobilizes your vehicle in the middle of a busy intersection or roadway, keep your seat belt fastened, turn on your hazard lights, dial 9-1-1 and stay inside until help arrives. If your car is operational, turn on the hazards and carefully drive your vehicle onto the shoulder. IF SAFE, put out flares, cones or warning triangles, but don't leave the scene if the police are on their way.
  • Document Vital Information (ACCIDENT GUIDE) If the driver isn't listed on the insurance card, ask their relationship to the owner. If photos aren't taken then write down the vehicle's license plate number, make, model, color and year.
  • Take Photos of the Accident Site Attempt to take photos with your phone or a camera of the vehicles involved and the other person's Driver's License and Insurance Card. If possible also take photos of the accident scene.
  • Report the Accident Depending on the accident, injuries or not, the Police may or may not appear at the scene. You should still file an Accident Report with CA DMV. While an accident action plan can help you cope, it can't prevent crashes and collisions. For expert auto body repair after an accident, contact us today at Canyon City Auto Body.
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