What Should I Do at the Scene of a Car Crash?
What should I do at the scene of a crash? This is a question we often get from our family and friends. Over six million car crashes occur each year in the United States. If you are involved in an car crash, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and your interests. The following is a list of the top ten suggestions of things you should do at the scene if you are in a car crash.
Stop. Don’t drive away from the scene.
Remain calm and remain in your vehicle (unless it’s dangerous to do so). Unless necessary, do not move the vehicles until the police arrive.
Turn on your hazard lights.
Call 911 to report the crash.
Request medical attention for any people that are injured.
Photograph the vehicles and any injuries sustained by you or your passengers.
Do not speculate or guess the cause of the crash.
Write down the names and contact information of all people involved, including witnesses.
Write down the names and badge numbers of any police officers that are investigating the crash.
For a list of suggested things to do in the days and weeks after a crash, you can read our separate blog post on the topic "What Should I Do After a Car Crash".