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4 steps to making a car crash less complicated

Posted January 9

More wrecks involving vehicles occur during winter weather events, but what do you do if you are involved in a crash? The immediate aftermath is usually stressful and emotional - regardless of injuries. Taking the right steps beyond exchanging insurance information can greatly help what happens after the wreck.

  1. If you are able to, state law requires the vehicles to be moved to the shoulder. Also, turn the flashers on then get a safe distance away and dial 911. The law also requires police be called if damage is more than $1,000. According to experts, even if damage is minor, call police to protect yourself.
  2. Take a lot of pictures of the damage to all of the vehicles involved, and anything else that happened. Take notes, too. These things will make dealing with the aftermath easier.
  3. Get names and addresses of any witnesses who stop.
  4. If you abandoned your car and it gets towed, check the state highway patrol website which lets you search for towed vehicles by owner name, license plate number or VIN number.
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