When two vehicles collide, the resulting confusion and worry from the accident can leave you feeling lost for what to do next.
Following a few steps in the time after this crash can help you stay safe and avoid making mistakes.
Stay quiet about fault
According to the AARP, you may feel pressure after a collision to say that it was your fault that the accident happened to ease the tension. However, you should avoid saying anything that indicates that you caused or contributed to the crash.
While you should talk to people involved in the accident, being calm and collected while doing so is important.
Make sure to clear the way
Keeping people safe is a major priority in the time immediately following the crash. This includes moving your vehicle out of the way of other drivers.
Stopping the flow of traffic by leaving your car in the middle of the road or another dangerous area can be worse than moving it. You should take care to not drive your car if it is too damaged to safely move.
Find information and take photos
Having a written and photographic record of the scene of the accident can help you out in the future when you need to deal with your insurance. Take pictures of how your car looked before you moved it and write down the names of anyone involved.
Additionally, you could make notes of details like how the cars were facing and what parts fell off when you both collided. Taking these steps in the time after an accident can help you feel more prepared and ready.