off your vehicle's engine and leave it where it is,
if you feel it is safe to do so. If you feel threatened,
or your car is in danger of being hit by another car,
slowly drive to a place where you feel safe, such as
the side of the road, or a well-lit parking lot.
you injured? Assess the amount of impact and judge to
what degree you may be hurt. If you think you're injured,
stay in your car and try to relax. Be honest if anyone
asks how you are. Ask someone to call for help and let
a professional assess your condition.
your situation. When examining the possible damage to
your vehicle, NEVER walk directly between the two cars
- if one is hit again, you could be trapped between
the two vehicles.
medical help to others ONLY if you are trained to do
the police. Dial 9-1-1 first. If that doesn't work,
dial 0 and ask for the police.
say the accident was your fault, even if you believe
tactful and courteous, even if you're angry.
the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses.
If you can't get their names, at least get their license
names, addresses, license numbers and insurance information
with any other drivers involved in the accident.
where you want to get the damage to your vehicle repaired.
You're more likely to get a good repair if you take
your car to a shop that displays a logo for an association
such as I-CAR. The Inter-Industry Conference on Collision
Repairs offers the latest in technical training. If
a facility is I-CAR Gold Class, then 80 percent of its
technical staff is I-CAR trained.