Once the auto accident has happened, try to remain calm. If you can, move to a safe area and put your hazards on. You’ll want to get out of the way of other traffic. Take a moment to get into the right headspace, collect yourself, and turn off your vehicle.
Exit your car or truck and check on the others involved in the incident. The other driver(s) and passenger(s) may need additional assistance. If they do need additional assistance, contact 911. If there is severe physical injury to any driver(s) or passenger(s), it is important that those injured are not moved.
If emergency responders are not needed, contact local authorities to interview those involved in the auto accident and any eyewitnesses. At this point, you are ready to start gathering vital information that will protect you and could potentially increase the payout on your claim.