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How to Deal with an Accident

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How To Deal With An Accident 

Do you know what to do if you get in a car accident?

We never know how we will react to a stressful situation until we are thrown into it. As much as we prepare for the worst, sometimes our fight, flight, or freeze runs the show when we are under pressure. That’s why it’s so important to have your emergency plan solidified and ready to go, just in case. Nobody wants to get on their phone to Google “what should I do after an accident?” while they wait for the police to show up. 

What To Do Right After a Car Accident 

In general, you should follow these steps after you get in a car accident:

  1. Remove yourself and any passengers from the vehicle if you can and get to safety. 

  2. If you are injured or unable to move, call 911 and wait for emergency personnel. You can also ask a bystander to call for help. 

  3. Call 911 or non-emergency regardless of any injuries, as it can help expedite the process. 

  4. If the accident occurs at night, set out some road flares or reflective materials to warn oncoming cars. If it’s a fender bender, turn off your engine and put on your emergency signal.  

  5. Grab the insurance and contact info of any other people involved.

  6. Try to take some pictures for your insurance agency, gather the police officer’s badge numbers and contact info, and see if you can speak with any witnesses. 

  7. Call for a tow truck or alternate ride if need be.

  8. Contact your insurance and begin your claim. 

Dealing With The Aftermath 

Whether it’s a fender bender or you’ve totaled your car, the aftermath of an accident can leave anybody shaky. Make sure to reach out to your support network and be gentle with yourself. Hopefully, you can get all of the info necessary to begin a claim with your insurance. 

After you’ve gotten home and contacted your insurance, it’s time to start looking for someone who can help you with your damaged vehicle. At HB Auto & AC, we want to take good care of you and your car. We offer a full range of repair services on numerous vehicles. We invite you to schedule vehicle maintenance with us to show your car some love. Like us on Facebook for news and updates!


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