Things to Know About A Vehicle That's Been In An Accident - Subaru Service Questions in Salt Lake City, UT

No matter what, a car crash is a stressful time. It can be made even more stressful by not knowing what to do immediately afterwards. That's where we come in. We've put together this page with nine steps you should take in case of a car crash. Following these steps may can make a terrible situation a lot less stressful.

First aid kit

9. Make Sure You're Ready Beforehand

Nobody wants an accident to happen, but they still happen nonetheless. Because of this, it's best to make sure that you're prepared before an accident even happens. For one thing, packing a first aid kit in your Subaru is always a good idea. Make sure your phone is with you, and be sure to have all the documents you'd need in an accident in your car. And of course, always wear your seatbelt.

8. Stop the Car

As soon as an accident happens, you should always stop your car--even if it's only minor. If the crash is just a tiny fender bender, you can skip some of the steps below, but leaving the scene of an accident can get you in serious trouble. Not to mention, it's the wrong thing to do.

Triangle reflector

7. Make Sure Everyone Is OK

After an accident of any kind, it's important to make sure that everyone is all right. Start by quickly checking yourself, and then ask the rest of the passengers in your car. Then, you can get out and make sure that everyone in the other car is all right. Figuring out whether there are any serious injuries can help you decide whether to request medical assistance.

6. Move Away from Danger

In addition to causing damage to the vehicles involved, car crashes can be hazardous to other vehicles on the road, as well. If nobody is injured and the vehicles are in good enough condition to move, it's best to take them somewhere safer. For a minor fender bender, this can mean both drivers agreeing to pull into a nearby parking lot to take care of the later steps, though even just pulling to the side of the road can work in a pinch. But if your car isn't safe to drive or capable of driving, you can instead turn on your emergency lights and set up road flares or triangle reflectors to alert other vehicles to the fact that there's an accident. Then, unless there are serious injuries, it's best to move all people a good distance from the road.

5. Call the Authorities

The next step to take is to call the authorities. If the accident is minor, try calling the non-emergency number. If it's a major accident or there are injuries, it's best to call 911 as soon as possible and ask for both police and medical assistance. In accidents without injuries, the police may not send an officer to the scene. This doesn't mean you shouldn't still file a police report; such a report can often be very helpful. Ask the dispatcher about where to file a police report if an officer isn't headed your way.

4. Exchange Information

If officers aren't being dispatched to the scene of the accident, or while you're waiting for officers, you should get information from the other driver. Make sure to get their contact information as well as their insurance information. It's also wise to write or record a record of exactly what happened when the information is fresh in your mind. In addition, limit conversation with the other driver, and never admit fault for an accident.

Two drivers examine a crash

3. Take Pictures

It can also be helpful to take pictures of the scene of an accident. Whether you're planning on using it for a police report or insurance report, it's helpful to have a visual representation of the scene of the accident. Take several pictures from different angles, as well as close-ups of any fresh damage.

2. Notify Your Insurance Company

Many insurance companies request to be contacted at the scene of an accident. This is because they may send an adjustor out to assess the damage. However, if you forget to call them on the scene, photographs from the previous step can be helpful in making a determination.

1. Seek Medical Attention

Even if you don't think you're injured, or if you feel that your injuries are only minor, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The adrenaline of being in a crash can sometimes mask pain until later, and some types of injuries aren't immediately apparent. If you can't make an appointment with your primary care provider on the same day, try to visit an urgent care center.

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