Before you are involved in a crash, ensure that you have the proper information in your vehicle. You will need your driver’s license, proof of paid insurance, and your vehicle registration. You should also be aware of where your vehicle identification number is located in your car. Carry flares and a notepad and pen in your car. These will be helpful should a crash occur.
If you are involved in a crash, as a driver or a passenger, it is important to remember these important steps in order to stay safe after the crash:
- Before exiting your vehicle, watch for on-coming traffic.
- Check for injuries. If people are injured, that is your first priority. If no one is injured, move your vehicle out of the roadway to a safer place where you can exchange information with the drivers of other vehicles involved in the crash.
- Always call the police when an injury or fatality is involved. You should also call the police when the cars cannot be moved, when one of the drivers is intoxicated, when one of the drivers has no insurance, and when one of the drivers leaves the scene of the crash before exchanging information.
- If you cannot move your vehicle, protect the scene with flares or by raising your hood and move any persons to the side of the roadway.
- Exchange contact information, vehicle identification and license plate numbers, driver’s license information.
- Never leave the scene of a crash without exchanging information or calling the police, when appropriate. If you hit a vehicle that is parked, find the driver, or write your information in a note that you leave with the vehicle.