How to Handle Car Accident While on a Road Trip
Handle Car Accident: A road trip is supposed to be exciting and fun. You’re out on the road, seeing the country and exploring new places. One of the great things about road trips is often the unexpected – something new happens and leads you into a new adventure. Unfortunately, not all surprises are good surprises. When you spend so much time on the road, you are increasing your chances of getting into a car accident. Getting into an accident so far from home can be scary, but if you follow the advice below, you should be able to get through it.
Get to Safety
The first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure you are in a safe place. Some car accidents are worse than others and you could find yourself in a dangerous position immediately after. Maybe you are stuck in the middle of the highway, or smoke has started to rise from your car. Before you handle anything else, you’ll want to make sure that you are in a safe spot. If there were other people involved in the accident, make sure they get to a safe spot as well, and then you can begin thinking about what to do next.
Call for Assistance
Next, you’re likely going to need some help to get through this car accident. There are a few services you may need to call. First, you may want to call the police so that they can file a report on the accident. They can also send an ambulance if you or someone else is in need. It’s also a good idea to call your insurance provider, whether it’s for your car insurance or your travel insurance.
Besides that, if your car was badly damaged, you’ll likely need to get a tow truck. This truck will be able to bring your car to a nearby mechanic so that you can get your car back on the road. But how do you know where to send the tow truck?
Finding a Mechanic
You have a few options for finding a mechanic in an unknown area. First, you could ask your insurance company. They will have a list of mechanics you can go to making this step easy. However, you may want to find a mechanic on your own. According to FastHelp.com “Big insurance companies have their own partnerships with local businesses because they are inexpensive and work quickly. But insurance companies do not have the car owners’ best interest at heart.”
Instead, do a quick Internet search from your phone and look up reviews for local mechanics. This should give you a good idea as to which mechanics are reputable. You can then begin calling around to see which ones could fix your car the quickest.
Swap Information and Take Pictures
While you’re waiting for help to arrive, now is a good time to take care of some paperwork. When your accident involved another driver, you’ll want to exchange basic information with them. This means giving them your name, phone number, address, driver’s license number, and insurance info. You’ll then want to get the same information from the other driver. It’s also a good idea to use this time to take some pictures of the accident. Snap photos of your car, the other cars, and anything that might have caused the accident, such as a pothole or obscured road sign. Don’t forget that after you have got all this information then getting the best legal advice is the next logical step. It doesn’t matter if the accident just involved cars or pedestrians you need to seek legal advice.
Get Medical Attention
If you were hurt during this accident, you’ll want to get some medical attention. Even if it’s only a minor cut or neck strain, you want a record of any injuries you received. It’s also possible that your injuries are worse than you realize, and that medical attention is actually necessary. Have an ambulance take you to a local hospital to get checked out. It’s better to be overly cautious in this scenario than negligent.
Find a Place to Stay
Finally, if your car is in bad shape, it might be a while before you can drive it again. This means you’ll need to find a place to stay in the meantime. Talk to the mechanic or police officer for recommendations or start another Internet search. You don’t need anything too fancy, as you’ll hopefully only be there for a night or two. Find something close to the auto shop if you can so that you don’t have to spend a lot on a taxi.
Get Back to Your Trip
If you follow the above advice, you will hopefully find that you are able to get back to your road trip sooner rather than later. Getting into an accident is no fun, but it doesn’t have to ruin your trip. It’ll be a slight inconvenience, but hopefully in the end just another story you can add to the collection.