In Case of a Collision

Defensive driving

It's common to see different kinds of collisions on American highways; defensive driving is important to prevent these accidents; but knowing how to react to them is also relevant.

If you are one of the unfortunate people involved in a traffic accident as a collision, the following are the first steps to take in order to prevent further injuries, reduce the costs and accelerate the repair process:
  • If your are involved in a minor accident and you don't have serious injuries you should pull your car off to the side of the road and turn the hazard lights on, set out cones; if you are not able to do so, all passengers including you should stay in the car with seatbelts fastened, if you are near a wounded animal don't approach it because it may kick or bite you.

  • Then you can exchange basic information with the rest of passengers (name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number) if help arrives, be polite and don't tell what you think about the accident even if you think that it was your fault.

  • It's important to document the accident, using photos and witnesses; it will help you, if your version is different from the other driver.

  • Report your insurance company, state transportation agency, local wildlife rehabilitator (if necessary) and local police.