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Steps To Take In A Car Accident

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  • pull off of the road and out of traffic
  • turn on your hazard lights or put out flares on the road
  • check to see if anyone is injured
  • if any injuries, call for an ambulance
  • contact the police to send an officer out
  • look for any witnesses who might have seen the accident
  • do not admit fault for the accident


  • draw a diagram of the location and position of cars
  • make detailed notes about what happened
  • include info about weather, speeds traveled, and road conditions
  • take pictures of vehicle positions and site of accident
  • take pictures of vehicle damage
  • get a copy of the accident report from the police
  • names and badge numbers of any police on the scene
  • call your insurance agent within 24 hours of the accident


  • contact info for other driver (name, address, phone)
  • contact info for other passengers (name, address, phone)
  • contact info for witnesses (name, address, phone)
  • insurance info (company name, address, policy number)
  • be sure to get info directly from insurance card to verify
  • license plate number
  • driver's license number
  • car description (make, model, year, and color)


  • try to make it to a well-lit and populated area before stopping
  • put up the hood and set out flares or turn on your hazard lights
  • get back in your car, lock the doors, roll up the windows
  • if you have a cell phone, call for help
  • if a stranger stops, roll your window down just a small bit
  • ask the person to call a tow truck for you


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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