checklists to help you be prepared
At the Scene
What to do at the scene of an accident
Turn on your hazard lights and get to a safe spot if you can. Be careful exiting your vehicle.
Check to see if anyone is injured. If there are any injuries, call 911 immediately and render first aid if possible.
You’ll need to exchange information with anyone involved in or who may have witnessed the accident, see below for more details on what information you should collect.
Driver & Vehicle Information
DRIVER: Get the name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, state, expiration date, birthday. (Note if glasses or contacts are indicated, and if the driver appears to be wearing either.)
VEHICLE: Get the make/model/year/color, license plate number, state, expiration, and name, phone and address of the registered owner. Note condition and damage.
Get the name of the insurance company, phone number, address, policy number and expiration, as well as insurance agent’s name and contact information.
Witnesses & Passenger Information
Get the names and contact info for any witnesses and passengers. If no one comes forward to volunteer that they are a witness, ask anyone present if they saw the accident.
Note the time of day, weather and road conditions, location, etc. Sketch the position and direction of the vehicles, intersection, merging roads, etc.
Take photos, including photos of documents (license, insurance card, registration), the location, the vehicles, damage, license plate, driver and passengers... you can also use video and audio!
Be sure to document the damage to the vehicles, the accident scene and surrounding area, position of the vehicles at the time of the accident, anyone claiming they were injured, road hazards that may have contributed to the accident, etc. Photographs or videos taken at the scene can be extremely valuable when it’s time to settle your claim.
After the Accident
What to do after the accident
REPORT THE ACCIDENT
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- File an accident report with local police and/or Department of Motor Vehicles as required.
Many states have specific reporting requirements—in many, a report must be filed if the damage to any vehicle or property exceeds $500 and if anyone is injured. Check your state laws.
Check your insurance policy for coverage details, and learn more about insurance related issues in collision repair here.
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Tips from Honda
USE YOUR CAMERA PHONE TO COLLECT INFO AT THE SCENE
Take photos including photos of documents (license, insurance card, registration) the location, the vehicles, damage, license plate, driver and passengers... you can also use video and audio! In most cases the photos will also contain the time and date record. If geo-location is enabled, they may even help you record the location!
DON’T ADMIT FAULT
Don’t admit fault. “Fault” is a legal determination that most of us are not trained to make. But, if you admit fault, it could be held against you.
Download a handy accident guide to keep in your car.