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Car Accident Checklist

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This checklist, provided by Havertown's Direct Paint & Collision, is a helpful tool to keep in your car. The steps will help you get through the moments after an accident.

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  • 1. B R O U G H T T O Y O U B Y D I R E C T P A I N T A N D C O L L I S I O N ( 6 1 0 ) 4 4 9 - 9 1 6 2 1 0 0 0 N E A G L E R O A D H A V E R T O W N , P A 1 9 0 8 3 Car Accident Checklist

2. 1. Check yourself and passengers for injuries. Call 911 if medical attention is required. 3. 2. Move to safety. If your car works get out of traffic and to a safe location. Turn on warning lights. If the scene is safe you should take a picture of the accident before moving your vehicle 4. 3. Call the police. Unless there is no damage or injury involved, you should only discuss the accident with the police. Do not discuss who is at fault with witnesses or other drivers. 5. 4. Gather information from everyone involved including drivers and witnesses. You should record the other drivers name, address, phone number, and insurance company name, and policy number. Do not discuss the accident or who is at fault. We recommend recording the contact information at least one witness if possible. 6. 5. Get police officer information. The police officers name, badge number, and police department are all useful pieces of information. 7. 6. Record accident information. Location, date, and time of the accident, vehicle description, and license plate numbers of the vehicles involved should also be gathered. 8. 7. Take lots of pictures. Document as much as possible with a camera including vehicles, drivers, su rroundings, propert y damage, skid marks, etc. When in doubt take a picture but only if it is safe to do so. Tip: Use your cell phone for pictures and take a picture of the other drivers insurance card. 9. 8. Contact your auto body shop. Before you speak to your insurance company call your preferredcollision repair shop and get towed. The insurance company will often steer you towards their affiliated auto body shop, which might not be what you want. Your collision center can handle your insurance claim. 10. After the Accident We hope you found the accident checklist helpful! After the accident, if you are in need of an auto body shop or car paint job, give us a call at (610) 449-9162. We also offer 24-hour towing through Bob and Joes Towing.