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Proper ways to respond to car crashes

A lot of things can cause crashes. Speeding, failing to yield, drunk driving, tailgating and running reds are common issues.

Whatever the cause, knowing the proper way to respond to these situations is essential.

Try to avoid them altogether

Ideally, the following can help drivers avoid car accidents altogether:

  • Slowing down
  • Yielding to others
  • Not tailgating
  • Looking both ways at intersections
  • Signaling
  • Stopping at red lights

Additionally, only driving when sober can help individuals avoid car crashes.

Take the right steps

First things first, see if there are injuries. If anyone suffered injuries, help them. Then, move the cars out of the road, where the drivers involved in the motor vehicle accident can swap information. While doing this, be sure to get the information of any witnesses who stopped to help. Finally, if the vehicles are unmovable, set up flares to make the scene safer.

Call the police

Because the insurance company can be challenging to deal with without a police report, always try to call the police. However, drivers must contact the police if there is an injury, they cannot move the cars, one driver is drunk, has no insurance or flees the scene.

Move the vehicles

If there are no injuries, move the cars immediately. When cars are still drivable, moving them out of the driving lanes is safer. If there is vehicular damage, get pictures of the scene before pushing the cars anywhere.

State laws demand drivers have car insurance. If the driver who caused an accident does not have car insurance, the police can fine them and hold them responsible for the damages. If they do, prepare to fight the insurance company for proper compensation.

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