after a car accident

Getting into a car accident is almost inevitable if you drive long enough. If you’ve ever been in a fender bender, you’re probably familiar with the stress of the situation. Not only can a car accident be alarming, but it can also create anxiety after the fact if you’re stuck worrying about tickets or insurance fees. That’s why we at Roger Williams CDJR have compiled a list of tips for what to do after a car accident.

First and foremost, get to a safe spot. If there is an injury or risk of injury, be sure to stay in your car. However, if your car is obstructing traffic or a safety hazard for those around you, drive to a safe location a short distance away. Do not leave the scene of the collision, though—try not to drive more than a few feet, if possible.

The DMV also suggests you check for injuries—both in your car and in the other car—and be prepared to request emergency services. Even in a fender bender, serious neck injuries are not uncommon. Next, call the police to let them know you have been in an accident.

Before speaking with the other driver, be sure to get your insurance card and registration ready. Never admit fault—let the police determine that. Take the name of the driver and their car insurance, and ask for witnesses if necessary.

You only need to give other drivers your name, the make and model of your car (as well as year, color, and VIN if necessary), the name of your insurance company, policy number, and your agent’s name and phone. Don’t give out any personal information or let them photograph your license and registration. Above all else, remain calm and await instruction from the police.