After a collision, it is VERY important to stay at the scene. NEVER leave the scene of the accident because it could bring negative consequences, from sanctions to arrests for fleeing.
It is estimated that 5 million traffic accidents occur every year in the United States, so all drivers must be informed of how to act in such cases.
If you suffer a traffic accident, the first thing to do is to stay calm and help people who may have been injured. Then, you should immediately call 911 to ask for medical help.
Do not move from the crash site. If it is safe, turn off the car and stay on the site. In many states of the country, leaving the scene of the accident is illegal.
Scan the scene to see if there is someone hurt. In case someone is injured, call 911 immediately and follow their instructions. You should only proceed to help victims if you are trained in first aid. Otherwise, wait for the authorities to arrive at the accident site.
After these initial measures, it is important to exchange information with the occupants of the other vehicle or vehicles involved in the accident, such as: names, address, telephone number, license plate number, driver’s license number and the name of the company insurance.
If you can, use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles, and injuries to your person. With this you can show how the traffic accident really happened.
Then, when the authorities allow it, remove the car from the road to avoid another traffic accident or generate some traffic congestion.
Remember that the insurance agency needs proof for the coverage to start working to bear the costs. One of the most important recommendations is to stay calm at a time of stress such as a traffic accident and for best results, consult a lawyer.