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What You Should Know After a Car Crash

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om the scene of

n

ccident, even if the

e’s no d

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ge—this is you

leg

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tion. If it’s s

fe, move you

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ddition

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of the

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sh you

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zd lights to

n othe

d

ive

s. Tu

n off the engine, shift into p

k,

nd set the eme

gency b

ke. Check fo

pp

o

ching vehicles,

nd m

ke ce

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in it’s s

fe to get out of you

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lly in t

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ccidents. Keep

fl

shlight in c

se of dkness o

to

n othe

s. If possible,

it fo

police to

ive befo

e moving

nything, but p

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Check to see if

nyone needs u

gent medic

l ce. If

nyone

eceived seve

e inju

ies, ple

se c

ll 911 immedi

tely to

equest p

ofession

l

ssist

nce f

om qu

lified fi

st

esponde

s, such

s

mbul

nce se

vices o

fi

efighte

s. The inju

ed p

ty m

y not

ecognize less-seve

e inju

ies fo

hou

s (o

even d

ys). If eme

gency medic

l pe

sonnel

sk if you’

e inju

ed, simply s

y you e not su

e,

the

th

n no—then seek medic

l

ttention

t you

loc

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oom o

f

om you

f

mily physici

n. Even lo

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ct

ccidents m

y c

use se

ious

nd pe

m

nent inju

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C

ll the police, even

hen nobody sust

ined m

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police

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ill help

hen filing

cl

im

ith you

insunce comp

ny. Coope

te fully

ith the police, but

void

dmitting f

ult o

bl

ming othe

s

hile

t the scene,

llo

ing the police to objectively judge events

nd dete

mine

ho, if

nyone, bes

esponsibility fo

the

ccident.

C

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nd T

ke Photos<

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hen police office

s

ive,

ecount the events

ccutely to the best of youbility. If you do not kno

ce

t

in f

cts, s

y you don’t kno

—do not guess, specul

te, o

m

ke misst

tements

bout

h

t you think m

y h

ve h

ppened. M

ke su

e th

t othe

s involved do not m

ke f

lse st

tements, eithe

. These d

ys, most people c

y cell phones equipped

ith c

mes. If you h

ve one (o

ny kind of c

me), t

ke pictu

es of the vehicles involved in the

ccident. This is especi

lly useful fo

p

ope

ty d

m

ge, the positioning of the c

s, etc. If you sust

ined visible inju

ies, photog

ph them, too. Ho

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ith the police investig

tion. If you c

n't t

ke pictu

es

t the scene of the

ccident, t

ke them

s soon

s possible

fte

the

ccident.

Exch

nge Info

m

tion

Usu

lly, police office

s

ho

ive

t the scene t

ke do

n

ll impo

t

nt info

m

tion. If office

s do not

epo

t to the csh site o

if ce

t

in

itnesses need to le

ve, obt

in the cont

ct info

m

tion fo

eve

yone you c

n, including:
  • N

    mes of the d

    ive

    s

  • dd

    esses of the d

    ive

    s

  • Phone numbe
    s

    nd othe

    cont

    ct info

    m

    tion

equest insunce cds foll d

ive

s involved in the

ccident. M

ke su

e to get:

  • Insu

    nce comp

    ny n

    mes

  • Insu

    nce comp

    ny policy numbe

    s

Obt

in info

m

tion

bout the othe

c(s) involved in the

ccident, including:

  • Vehicle desc
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  • Vehicle Identific
    tion Numbe

    s (VINs)

  • Vehicle
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  • License pl
    te numbe

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Obt

in info

m

tion

bout the

ccident itself, including:
  • D

    te

    nd time of the

    ccident, noting d

    iving conditions,

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    the

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    nd visibility<

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  • dd

    ess o

    pp

    oxim

    te

    dd

    ess of the

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  • The
    o

    d you

    e on, the ne

    est c

    oss st

    eets, the di

    ection in

    hich you

    e

    e t

    veling,

    nd the othe

    vehicle’s position

    nd tjecto

    y

  • T
    ke photos f

    om v

    ious

    ngles o

    sketch

    di

    g

    m of the c

    sh scene

  • Desc
    ibe

    h

    t h

    ppened using pen on p

    pe

    ,

    text mess

    ge o

    em

    il to you

    self, oudio o

    video

    eco

    ding—it’s e

    sy to fo

    get the det

    ils

    hen you

    e

    ll sh

    ken up f

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    c

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    ny

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  • The n
    mes, b

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    nd cont

    ct info

    m

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  • The n
    mes

    nd cont

    ct info

    m

    tion fony

    itnesses, so th

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Insu

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epo

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sh to you

uto insu

es soon

s possible. Even if the negligent d

ive

’s insu

nce cove

ge should ultim

tely cove

the

ccident, you m

y h

ve medic

l p

yments—MedP

y—cove

ge th

t c

n kick in to help cove

you

medic

l t

e

tments

hile you

c

se is pending.

Keep

ll Impo

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Keep

ll documents

nd

eco

ds

el

ted to the c

sh o

g

nized in one pl

ce, including

eceipts

nd bills foll expenses, info

m

tion

el

ted to you

insu

nce cl

ims, cont

ct info

m

tion fo

impo

t

nt pties, eco

d of you

inju

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ted p

in levels

nd limit

tions,

nd

nything else

elev

nt to the

ccident.

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ccident

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ights.

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n help p

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ights f

om the stt

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No m

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eco

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knohen

n

ccident c

n st

ike. Use these h

ndy tips to p

epe fo

the unp

edict

ble:

  • P
    ck

    s

    fety kit<

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  • Keep impo
    t

    nt documents

    t the

    e

    dy (identific

    tion,

    ddition

    l insu

    nce comp

    ny cont

    ct info

    m

    tion, vehicle

    egisttion, he

    lth pl

    n info

    m

    tion, et cete)<

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  • Ch

    ge you

    phone

    nd b

    ing it

    ith

    heneve

    you hit the

    o

    d

  • Keep loose items in the cente
    console o

    glove box,

    nd not on the se

    ts

    he

    e they c

    n get lost o

    fly

    ound in

    n

    ccident

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