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What You Should Do After A Car Accident - Toyota Parts Blog

car accidentThere are more than 6 million car accidents in the United States every year.

There is a good chance that you’ll probably get into an accident at some point.  Do you know what to do if you get into a car accident?


Following these tips will get you through the ordeal.


Step 1: Make Sure Everyone Is OK – Check to make sure that all passengers are safe.  If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road.  If you can’t move your vehicle, get to the side of the road or a safe place when traffic permits.

Step 2: Trade Information – You’ll want to get the other driver’s information.  Be sure to get:

  • Full name
  • Address and contact information
  • Insurance information
  • Driver license number and license plate number
  • A description of the car

Step 3: Take Pictures – Use your cell phone camera to take pictures of the accident.  This will help to document the accident.

Step 4:  File A Report – In many cases, police won’t come to the scene unless there are injuries or major damage.  It’s up to you to file an accident report.  You can typically find accident report documents at the police station or online.

Step 5:  Talk With Your Insurance Company – At this step, you’ll want to talk with your insurance company about the accident.  See what they cover.  Check to see if they cover tow truck or rental car fees.

Following these five steps will help you out should you ever get into a car accident.

Have you been in a car accident?  What happened?  Share your experience below.

Written by Tom Blackman