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What to do after a Car Accident

Every driver shudders at the thought of an automobile accident. The fear of the car accident being fatal or crippling tops the list. However, even if you have been fortunate enough to have escaped the episode without many bruises, there is the cost of having your damaged car repaired as well as the inconvenience of not having a set of wheels at your disposal for your everyday needs.

The one bright spot in cars these days is that because they are built better and are safer than in the days of yore, fatal car crashes have reduced. But all said and done, even if you are the most cautious driver then too there is a chance you will meet with an accident. It might be because of some other driver’s callousness or just because you were fated to be in the wrong place at the wrong time but you will end up paying a price for it too.

Here are a few things every driver should keep in mind in case you are ever in an accident:

1. Be prepared:

Not that we promote being a pessimist but there is no harm in being prepared for an accident. You should always have an emergency phone number of a friend or family member (ICE- In Case of Emergency) stored away in your mobile phone. You can even carry relevant medical information for you and your family. Experts also advise carrying a set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares in your trunk to help alert traffic.

2. Try to remain calm:

Not the easiest thing to do in the world after an accident but try taking a deep breath and stay calm. Don’t start yelling at the person in the other vehicle and avoid causing a scene. Being in control will help you check for injuries and move the car away from traffic if you are in a position to do so. Turn on your car’s hazard lights and place the cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares for safety.

3. Make that phone call:

In case of any kind of injury do not hesitate to call an ambulance. Call 911 to report the accident. The wisest thing would be to call the police too as well as a loved one to inform them as to what has happened and where you are. If you don't get a police report documenting your wreck, what proof do you have that it even happened?

Do not leave the site of the accident before the police arrive. When questioned state the facts and that too only to the police and your insurance agent.

4. Stay right there:

Do not leave the site of the accident before the police arrive. In Texas driving away after an accident even if it is minor is a misdemeanor offense and could land you a charge of failure to stop and render aid. More so, if someone is injured or killed, you could be charged with felony.

5. Note the damage:

Observe and note what damage has been done to your car as well as the other vehicles involved. Get the right insurance information from the other motorist. You will require the other driver's name, address, insurance company name and policy number. Also note the make, model and color of vehicle they were driving as well. Don't forget to write down the other vehicle's license plate number. You can even take names and contacts of witnesses if they are any. Do not sign any document unless it's for the police or your insurance agent.

You can bring your car into Mission Car Care on Clay Road, Katy, Tx for all kinds of quality auto repairs to your car as well as preventive maintenance. Simply call us on 281-579-8526 or drive in between Monday to Friday 7 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm.
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