Question What should I do immediately following an accident? Is it always necessary to call the police? How do I determine who’s at fault?
Michelle Early is a Farmers Insurance® agent in Edmond, Oklahoma. She offers these tips for handling an accident.
Answer If it is safe to do so, and you are not seriously injured, move your vehicle out of additional harm’s way such as over to the shoulder of the road. Check on your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers to determine if any medical attention is needed. If anyone is injured, call 911. If there are no injuries to anyone, and the cars aren’t causing a traffic hazard, calling 911 may not be necessary. Calling the police to the scene may still be helpful, as they can prepare a report of what happened. In many states, the police will not respond to an accident on private property — like a parking lot or driveway — unless someone is injured.
Next, exchange contact information with the other driver. You may want to take a snapshot of each other’s driver’s license and insurance card. You should also take pictures of the accident scene and damage if you can do it safely. Contact your insurance company and pass along the information you’ve collected. It’s the insurance companies that ultimately determine who’s financially liable in an accident.
The information contained in this page is provided for general informational purposes only. The information is provided by Farmers® and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to this article or the information, products, services or related graphics, if any, contained in this article for any purpose. The information is not meant as professional or expert advice, and any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.