Tips For Navigating Through A Car Accident Smoothly

by IndianAuto Team | 28/08/2018
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These are very useful tips you can use for navigating through a car accident smoothly.

The worst thing any driver would expect to happen is to get themselves involved in a car crash. For many people, such first-hand experience would be too overwhelming to recover one’s composure and think clearly about what to properly in response to the incident. In other words, one could start panicking and behave irrationally, blaming or get blamed falsely, making the situation worse. But don’t you worry! We are here to walk you through this with these following tips for drivers to get out of an accident with the least damage being entailed.

car crash on tarmac road

Poor handling of accidents like this can get you into more nasty troubles which may involve unreasonable compensation and tedious legal paperwork

First thing first – Quickly judge the conditions

Driving safely and knowing every single road rule don’t completely prevent you from a traffic collision. The very first thing to do is to not panic (though it can be quite difficult, to be honest, and take a quick scan over the damage, the other vehicle(s) and the surrounding elements. Expanding on that, serious injuries (if any) should be attended to immediately; if your first aid kit doesn’t provide that much of help due to the intensity of the injuries then reach out for people’s help or call for an ambulance. 

Police’s involvement is needed if any of these following scenarios happen

  • One or more vehicles involved in the collision have severe damage which entails unusually high repair cost

  • The collision has its impact on either public or private property

  • Driver(s) operating vehicle(s) shows symptoms of being intoxicated, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, therefore violates the traffic law.

driver drinking while operating vehicle, one human hand holding alcohol bottle, the other holding the steering wheel

Police’s involvement is necessary if any of the drivers involved in the accident shows lack of sobriety or signals of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs

So what to do next?

Try your best to keep yourself calm and follow these below instructions: 

  • Quickly drive or have your car moved to the roadside lest it obstructs traffic

  • Once again check for any injuries which were overlooked before

  • Go check the other driver if anything is ok

  • Ask for each other’ number and insurance details (including that of any car occupant)

  • Have some photos of the scene, vehicles’ states taken

taking photo of a damaged car

Photos of the scene are essential for further investigation into the accident in case unexpected events come up

What you should never do

In any case, you are put in, it’s very important to never settle things by acknowledging responsibility. Since such a decision should be determined by the insurance companies, your hasty interference would inhibit the process of investigating and as a result alter the final claim. The other thing should be kept in mind is to avoid engaging yourself in unnecessary altercation and quarrel, which only makes the whole situation worse and cause even more troubles to resolve.

wo drivers arguing, car being damaged out of collision

Avoid engaging yourself in unnecessary altercation and quarrel, which only makes the whole situation worse

Leave it to the people who know what to do

Report and file a claim promptly the moment you leave the scene. This starts with you informing the insurance company of all the drivers’ insurance information, policy number; time and date of the crash; the development which ends with the accident; car occupants’ contact details. Be honest and give the most accurate account of what happened. The rest of the work belongs to the insurance company and they will keep all the involved parties in contact for further inquiries. 

man in suit assessing a car’s damage

The rest of the work belongs to the insurance company and they will keep all the involved parties in contact for further inquiries

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