What to Do After an Automobile Accident

Not sure what information you need to collect in the event of an automobile accident? Print out our handy accident information sheet and place it in your glove box. If you ever happen to be involved in a car accident, you’ll have a convenient form to fill out that will help you remember to collect all of the information you need.

If you are in an automobile accident, first make sure that no one involved needs emergency medical attention. If someone does need an ambulance, dial 911 and report the medical emergency. However, if no one is injured, snap a few pictures of the accident with your phone, pull over to the side of the road, and call the non-emergency number for the local police department. A police officer can come and file a report, which will be essential for determining who is at fault and for avoiding problems during the claims process. If it is not possible for a police officer to come to the scene of the accident to file a report, you can also go file an accident report yourself at the police station. This will at least ensure that there is an official record of the incident.

If the other driver is at fault, ask to see his/her insurance card, and copy down the information yourself. Do not trust the other driver to provide you with accurate information; check their insurance card yourself, if at all possible. Collect as much information from the accident information sheet as you can, then give us a call to get the claim process started.

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need to file an auto insurance claim; we’re here to help!

-The Barry Insurance Team