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Car Accident Checklist - 8 Steps to Take after your Wreck

Car accidents are chaotic and stressful. Be prepared with a post-accident checklist to help guide you through the car accident process.

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Step 1: Make Sure You Are Okay

Check yourself for injuries sustained from the accident.

Step 2: Check on the Well-Being of Others

Make sure no one has visible or life-threatening injuries.

Step 3: Move to Safety

Move to the side of the road or sidewalk. If the vehicle is safe to drive, move the vehicle out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Step 4: Contact the Local Authorities

Contact the local authorities to report the accident. Be sure to cooperate with law enforcement with answering questions. 

Step 5: Wait for Help

Turn on your hazard lights to warn vehicles to slow down and wait for the police to arrive.

Step 6: Exchange Information

Gather contact and insurance information with the other driver including, the insurance company name and policy number. Also, collect their license plate and driver's license numbers.

Step 7: Document the Accident

Be sure to document the accident by following these steps:

  • Identify the officers
  • Obtain an accident report
  • Take pictures of damages sustained
  • Write down the names and addresses of those involved
  • Speak with witnesses

Step 8: Treat Your Injuries

Be sure to visit a doctor right away to determine what injuries you may have sustained. Delays can hurt your ability to recover from your injuries.


Following these steps can protect you and others in case of an accident.  Be sure to follow each step and stay calm throughout the entire process.  In the unfortunate event you are in an accident, the attorneys at Roden Law will help guide you through the process.  


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