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If you are ever involved in a vehicle accident, follow these guidelines:

  1. Check for injuries. If anyone is injured, immediately call the police and EMS (911).
  2. 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.)
  3. If you cannot move your car, try to warn oncoming traffic to prevent other accidents:
    1. Raise your hood.
    2. Turn on your hazard lights.
    3. Light flares.
  4. Exchange the following information with other drivers involved in the accident:
    1. Name, address, and phone number
    2. Vehicle identification number, license number, and description
    3. Insurance information
    4. Driver's license number
  5. Call the police in the following circumstances:
    1. Someone is injured.
    2. A car cannot be moved.
    3. A driver is intoxicated.
    4. A driver has no insurance.
    5. A driver leaves the scene of the accident without exchanging information.

May 2011
Reviewed November 2014