What Should I do in Case of a Vehicle Collision?

  • You should first attend to the medical needs of anyone involved. Call 911 if necessary- but remember that this number is for emergencies only.
  • If there are no injuries you should move your vehicle out of traffic and to the nearest safe spot.
  • Notify the Department of the California Highway Patrol or the department of the city in which the collision occurred.
  • Exchange information such as: driver license, vehicle registration, and insurance information with the other driver.
  • Do not accept or place any blame. Your insurance company has people trained to determine who is at fault.
  • Make sure to gather information from possible witnesses. If possible, you should use your smart phone to take photographs of the scene and damages or injuries.
  • Write down details of the collision, such as: time of day, traffic conditions, weather conditions, and the events that led up to the collision.
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Remember, vehicle collisions are not accidents!

The term “accident” implies that these collisions, deaths, and injures are unavoidable.

  • Alcohol related collisions are predictable and preventable.
  • Drinking and driving is the conscious choice of the driver.
  • Never drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.
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