What to do After an Accident

Let's say you have just had the misfortune of being involved in an auto accident. What should you do next? Here is a quick, step-by-step Accident Scene List to assist you in minimizing your stress and discomfort.

Immediately:

  • Move all involved vehicles out of traffic if it is clear, safe and legal
  • Turn off the ignition on all vehicles involved
  • Make a first aid check of all persons involved
  • Look around to see if anyone is in immediate danger or needs medical assistance
  • Avoid moving an injured person as it mayseriously complicate the injury
  • Call the police by dialing 911 for assistance

After It Is Safe:

  • Remove objects from the road that may cause further damage or risk to others
  • Write down the names of all individuals who were involved
  • Write down contact info for anyone who witnessed the accident

For Your Insurance:

  • Make a diagram of the incident and indicate the direction of travel and occupied road lanes
  • Take pictures of the scene with a camera or phone
  • Note the date, time, and weather conditions
  • Be careful what you say – do not discuss "fault" or make statements about the accident to anyone but the police
  • Exchange insurance company information and notify your insurance company immediately

Auto accidents are unexpected and stressful. Even the most careful drivers may be involved. If you are in an accident, stay calm, follow the steps listed above and call Overton Body Shop. We’ll help alleviate some of the stress that goes along with being in an auto accident and we’ll work with your insurance company and repair your vehicle the right way…the reflection of our perfection shows we care.