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What to do in case of a car accident

Let’s start with an understatement, something extremely obvious- Accidents happen when we least expect them! BUT, being somewhat prepared is key to ensuring your safety and the safety of others on the road. At River Head Road Rescue, we understand the importance of knowing what steps to take in the unfortunate event of a car accident. In this guide, we'll walk you through the crucial actions to help you navigate through the unexpected as best you can…

Car crashes can happen at any time. Know what to do in case of an accident- brought to you by Riverhead Road Rescue.

Stay Calm and Assess the Situation:

The initial moments after an accident can be overwhelming, but it's crucial to stay calm. Take a deep breath, check yourself and passengers for injuries, and assess the overall situation. If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location, such as the shoulder of the road, to avoid further accidents.

Call 911 Help:

Once you've ensured everyone's safety, call emergency services immediately or ask someone nearby to do so. Provide emergency with accurate information about the location, the number of people involved, and any injuries. If needed, request an ambulance for medical assistance. Be sure to give the exact location, look for road signs or if on a parkway or the Long Island Expressway, what exit you are near or the mile marker nearest you.

Exchange Information:

Exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident. Gather names, phone numbers, insurance details, and license plate numbers. If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information as well. This information will be crucial when filing insurance claims.

Document the Scene:

Use your smartphone or a camera to document the scene. Take pictures of the vehicles involved, the damage, license plates, and any relevant road signs or signals. This documentation can serve as valuable evidence during the claims process.

Report the Accident:

Even if you don’t need an ambulance, contact your local Long Island law enforcement agency to report the accident. Some jurisdictions require a police report for insurance claims, and having an official record of the incident can be beneficial.

Seek Medical Attention:

Even if you don't initially feel injured, it's essential to seek medical attention. Injuries may not be immediately apparent, and a medical professional can identify and treat any underlying issues. Keep records of all medical visits and treatments for insurance purposes. A stiff neck or any pain within your body after the accident could be due to major issues and should be considered and treated.

Notify Your Insurance Company:

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident. Provide them with all the necessary details and documentation. Follow their instructions regarding the claims process, and keep track of claim numbers and adjuster information.

­Call For A Tow (516) 888-5927

After you’ve done all the above- call us for a tow of your vehicle. Don’t try to drive a damaged car. While it may seem that the car “can make it” there may be issues under the car that you can’t see which could lead to another accident. Broken steering columns, broken tie rods and make it difficult to steer. Brakes that have snapped or fluid lines could have broken, making the car unsafe to drive. Our drivers will respond quickly and help bring your car to the repair facility of your choice, ensuring your safety and the safety of your car.

Being involved in a car accident is a distressing experience, but knowing what steps to take can make a significant difference. River Head Road Rescue encourages you to stay calm, prioritize safety, and follow these guidelines to navigate through the unexpected with confidence. Remember, preparation and a level-headed approach can make a world of difference in ensuring a smoother recovery process. Drive safely!

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