With Texas being such a large state, you’ll find many drivers on this state’s roads. Sometimes, an unfortunate but hard-to-avoid part of life as a driver is getting into a car accident. If you’ve never been in one, it’s understandable to wonder what to do after a collision. Learning what to do after a car collision helps ensure everyone remains safe.
Move to a safe location
If you safely can, the first thing to do post-accident is to move your car to the side of the road. Keeping your vehicle off the road prevents distracted drivers from crashing into you or your car. If safe to do so, now is also a good time to turn your vehicle’s emergency indicators.
Have someone contact the police
Whether it’s you, the other driver, passengers or witnesses, someone must contact the police. When car accidents are severe enough, witnesses may call the police before you can. Once the police arrive, they’ll make an official report about this accident. During this time, each party involved in an accident will speak to the police. A police officer might also gather information from nearby witnesses.
Exchange information with the other driver
Another crucial post-accident tip is to get the other driver’s information, including their:
- First and last name
- Insurance company name and policy number
- Driver’s license number
- Make and model of their vehicle
As you ask for the previously mentioned information, you’ll also need to share the same details with the other driver.
After giving yourself time to regain your composure, take as many pictures of the accident scene as possible. Having photographic evidence can work in your favor if this collision was another driver’s fault.