MA is The Safest Driving State
Massachusetts had the lowest incidence of fatal car crashes out of all 50 states, based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data from 2018. Cars are becoming safer than ever before and the likelihood of serious injury from a crash is extremely slim.
10 Steps You Need To Do After a Car Accident
Follow these steps right away, whether you’re alone or other vehicles are involved.
1. PULL OVER IMMEDIATELY
If you can, pull the car to a safe place off the side of the road and put on your flashers.
2. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Are you physically ok? Take care of yourself before worrying about your car.
3. MOVE AWAY FROM THE SCENE
Get yourself and any passengers to a safe distance away from the scene of the crash.
4. CONTACT THE POLICE
Get on the phone with law enforcement as soon as possible. Don’t distrurb any wreckage at the scene.
5. WAIT UNTIL YOU’RE CALM
Wait until everybody is calm to engage other drivers so that tensions don’t flare up and cause a bigger issue.
6. EXCHANGE INFO
Were there other vehicles involved? If so, speak to the drivers and exchange contact and insurance info.
7. DRIVER’S INFO DETAILS
• Driver’s Name and Photo of License
• Driver’s Insurance Company
• Vehicle Year, Make and Model
• License Plate #
8. TAKE PHOTOS OF DAMAGE
Take photos of the damage of all cars and property immediately. This will protect you later on during the claims process so that you aren’t just relying on your memory of the event, which can often change as time passes.
9. IF YOUR CAR IS DRIVEABLE:
• Make sure that you’re calm before you leave. You may not realize how shaken up you are until you try driving again.
• Wait until the police arrive to provide them with info BEFORE leaving the scene.
10. IF YOUR CAR IS DISABLED:
• Call a local tow company, or if you are feeling too upset let the police set up a tow for you.
• You have the right to get your car towed to the shop of your choice and insurance can’t tell you otherwise.