Even a minor fender bender can make your nerves run amuck. Having an accident checklist on hand can make the situation less stressful so you can get the important information you need.
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Reader Chris points us to a free auto accident check list that his mother-in-law printed out and placed in his glove box, explaining that it came in very handy after he was rear-ended on his way home from work recently. The ten-point list is full of important reminder, including what information you should collect from the other driver(s) and any witnesses, what you should do if you can’t safely get out of the way of traffic, and how to create an accident diagram.
Another important step to remember, assuming you’ve got even a cameraphone on hand, is to take lots of pictures:
Take pictures of everything involved in the car accident, as long as it can be done safely. These pictures should include each car driver, each automobile in the car accident showing any property damage, skid marks, any other damage to property, as well as the location of the automobile accident. The more pictures the better. When in doubt, take pictures. It is a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment or trunk. If there are no other cameras available, then you should use a cell phone camera. Pictures may help your automobile insurance company determine how much you should be paid for your injuries.
Having a checklist on hand and knowing what information you need to collect will definitely help you get through the moments after an accident. What got you through an accident? What did you find to be invaluable in the moments after a car accident? Share your experiences in the comments below. Thanks Chris!