It happens in slow motion. A car runs the red light and crashes into you. Confusion and panic may cloud your mind.

Do your best to work through the shock. Take deep breaths to help shift your focus from what just happened to what you need to do now. Follow these steps if you are ever in an accident.

After the accident

  1. Stay calm and dial 911. Be aware of how you are feeling. Your adrenaline is still pumping throughout your body, and you may feel no pain. But there is a chance you have sustained severe injuries. If you do not feel the need to go to the hospital by ambulance, go as soon as possible and let a doctor check you over.
  2. If you are able, move your car to the side of the road. Connecticut General Statute 14-224 states you should immediately move your vehicle from the traveled area of the highway. But be aware of the traffic around you. If you cannot move your car safely, wait for the police.
  3. Take pictures of the accident scene and include everything you can of the road and other vehicles involved. You may need these photos for evidence in court and for your insurance company.
  4. Collect as much information as possible from other crash victims and witnesses:
  • Get the names and addresses of everyone involved.
  • Write down insurance information, license plate numbers and type of vehicle.
  • Take notes of what others say happened.
  • Do not tell another driver if you feel you were at fault.
  1. Remember to get the accident report from the police. Your insurance company may ask for this when you file your claim.

When you are in an accident, emotion and adrenaline run rampant. Do not let your feelings take control of the situation, so you can respond appropriately.