I Just Got Into A Car Accident In College Park, What Should I Do Now?

What To Do After A Car Accident in College Park | AICA College ParkIn the moments after a car accident, it can be difficult to think clearly.

Unfortunately being able to answer the question “I just got into a car accident in College Park, what should I do now?” is crucial if you want to make sure that any injuries or damage will be covered by insurance.

Let’s break the steps you need to take down into a simple phrase that should be easy to remember, even in the confusion that follows most accidents.

Five little words are all you’ll need to remember:

Move, call, document, file and screen.

Move

If all cars involved in the accident are drivable and no one is injured, move all vehicles out of the roadway.If there are injuries or one or more of the cars are undrivable, it’s best to leave movement up to the professionals. Either way, don’t abandon the scene until you’ve been cleared

If there are injuries or one or more of the cars are undrivable, it’s best to leave movement up to the professionals.Either way, don’t abandon the scene until you’ve been cleared

Either way, don’t abandon the scene until you’ve been cleared

Call

You probably won’t have to file a police report if the damage totals less than $500, but call the police to be sure.If a police report doesn’t need to be filed, just exchange insurance and contact information with everyone else involved and moved on to the next step. If a police report is filed, be sure to get a copy of the police report to submit with your insurance claim.

If a police report doesn’t need to be filed, just exchange insurance and contact information with everyone else involved and moved on to the next step. If a police report is filed, be sure to get a copy of the police report to submit with your insurance claim..

Document

After the accident you should take pictures of any damage and take notes about exactly how the accident happened as soon as possible; get witness testimony if possible.

If your car insurance provider has an app, you should be able to use it to file a claim and submit your photos and notes all at once. If not, move on to the next step.

File

Call your car insurance provider to let them know that an accident has occurred and file a claim.

They may ask you to email them your pictures and notes to help them with processing your claim as soon as possible.

Screen

Get screened for any injuries within 24 hours of your accident by a car crash specialist.

Often, symptoms of accident related injuries take time to show up, but an injury screening can find them much earlier. If you put treatment off for too long, your injuries may not be covered because there’s no absolute proof the accident caused them.

So if you’re ever in a car accident, just remember move, call, document, file, and screen.

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