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How to handle a car crash

Drivers across Maryland try to be careful and pay attention when they are out on the road, so when a car crash happens it can be very scary and sudden to them. This shock may prevent people from acting in their own best interests after a car accident, so it is smart to have a plan to follow in case of an emergency. Start by taking a moment to breath and check for any injuries.

According to WRDW, there is a proper order to follow when it comes to reporting a car crash. First, law enforcement need to be notified so a police report for insurance can be made, and this can be done by calling 911. There are times for a minor accident that they may tell you an officer does not need to come to the scene of an accident. If there are injuries, the 911 call can also call medical personnel to the scene. The next call is to the car insurance company to make a claim. Once both of these calls are complete, it’s a good time to call a family member to help and explain the situation.

It is important not to leave the scene of an accident, but if a car is able to be moved out of the way of traffic after an accident that was not serious, that is helpful. Wait for officers to arrive on the scene if you have been told they will come. Never admit fault to the officers or to the other people at the scene, and the only documents that should be signed are for an insurance agent or law enforcement.

Nerd Wallet reports that while many only exchange contact information and insurance details after an accident, since everyone’s phone has a camera nowadays, it makes sense to take photos of the scene, including of the other driver, and any damage. The other driver doesn’t have to show their ID, but asking for it is a way to confirm identity. Using the insurance agency app or drawing a diagram can help preserve the memory.

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