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What To Do In An Accident

What Do I Do if I Get Into a Car Accident?

A car accident can be a scary experience, but armed with the right knowledge, you can spare yourself a lot of stress! Feel free to call us and we’ll be happy to guide you through the steps.

What To Do In An Accident

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.

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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.