Articles Posted in Glove Box Accident Handbook

Call your insurance agent as soon as possible after an accident.

Do not admit responsibility. Exchanging information and giving facts in not the same thing as admitting responsibility! you may think that you were responsible for the accident and later learn that the other driver caused it or that the other driver was equally at fault.

See your doctor. It is always wise to have a physical exam after an accident. Your doctor may recognize injuries, sometimes serious, that are not apparent to you.

When an accident results in injury or death, each driver involved must:

1. Immediately stop as close to the accident scene as possible without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

2. Remain at the scene until: a) the driver has given his or her name and address and registration of the vehicle; b) if requested; the driver has shown his or her license to the driver or passengers of the other vehicle; and c) reasonable assistance has been given to each person injured in the accident including the removal, or making arrangements for removal, of the injured to a doctor or hospital.

When an accident occurs with an unattended vehicle, the driver must:

1. Immediately stop as close to the accident scene as possible without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

2. Locate and notify the owner or driver of the vehicle of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle.

When an accident results in damage to something other than another vehicle, the driver must:

1. Immediately stop as close to the accident scene as possible without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

2. Remain at the scene until: a) the driver has taken reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in change of the property that is damaged; b) the driver has given that person his or her name, address and registration; and c) if requested, the driver has shown his or her license to the person.

When an accident does not result in injury or death, but does cause damage to a vehicle, each driver involved must:

1. Immediately stop as close to the accident scene as possible without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

2. Remain at the scene until: a) each driver has exchanged names and addresses and vehicle registrations; and b) if requested, the driver has shown his or her license to the driver or passengers of the other vehicle.

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