If you are ever involved in a vehicle accident, follow these guidelines:
- Check for injuries. If anyone is injured, immediately call the police and EMS (911).
- If there are no injuries, you are blocking traffic, and your car can be driven, move the car to a safe location nearby. (If the accident occurs on a freeway lane, ramp, shoulder, median, or busy metropolitan street, you must move your car if it is safe and possible to do so.)
- If you cannot move your car, try to warn oncoming traffic to prevent other accidents:
- Raise your hood.
- Turn on your hazard lights.
- Light flares.
- Exchange the following information with other drivers involved in the accident:
- Name, address, and phone number
- Vehicle identification number, license number, and description
- Insurance information
- Driver's license number
- Call the police in the following circumstances:
- Someone is injured.
- A car cannot be moved.
- A driver is intoxicated.
- A driver has no insurance.
- A driver leaves the scene of the accident without exchanging information.
Reviewed November 2014