According to the National Safety Council, one in every eleven drivers will be involved in an auto collision this year. Gerber Collision wants to make sure you are prepared in the event that you are involved in an auto collision with the following 11 recommendations from the NSC.
1. Stop your vehicle if it is clear, safe and legal.
2. Move the vehicle out of the traveled roadway, if it is clear, safe and legal. (In some states it is against the law to move the vehicle from the place where the crash occurred. Know the ordinance in your area.)
3. Turn off the ignitions of the cars involved.
4. Make a first aid check of all persons involved in the crash.
5. Call the police and, if necessary, emergency medical services.
6. Mark the scene of the crash with retroreflective triangles.
7. Gather the names of all persons in the motor vehicles and people who witnessed the crash.
8. Make a quick diagram of where the vehicle occupants were seated and indicate the vehicles’ direction of travel and lane. Also note the date, time and weather conditions.
9. Ask to see the other driver’s license and write down the number.
10. Exchange insurance company information. Do not discuss “fault” or make statements about the crash to anyone but the police.
11. Get a copy of the police report of the crash from the local precinct.
The National Safety Council 2009.