What To Do After An Accident

The most important thing is to remain at the scene of an accident if your vehicle is involved. Send others for help especially if you are injured. Worry first about the passengers in the vehicles and their immediate safety. Turn off ignition switches to avoid a risk of fire. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless their vehicle is on fire. Wait for the police and ambulances to arrive. (If you are in a remote area and there are significant injuries, attempt to minimize bleeding or administer CPR if necessary).

What to Do Next?

Get important information at the scene.
In addition to getting information from other drivers, be sure to get at least the names and phone numbers of any witnesses or people who stopped to help.

Print out the Accident Checklist and Accident Report forms on this page and keep them with your vehicle’s registration papers in your glove box. These forms provide a helpful “fill in the blanks” record of the information you need to obtain.

Share only pertinent information at the scene.
Provide your driver’s license, registration, and contact information only to the other drivers, injured persons, or police officers. Do NOT discuss the circumstances of the accident with anyone except the police. Do NOT discuss responsibility with anyone except a positively identified representative of your insurance company.

Complete an Accident Record.
Write down everything you can remember about the accident. Include as many details as possible. Revisit the scene at a later time if necessary to take pictures.

Report the accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Washington State Law requires that all accidents involving injury/death or property damage in excess of $500.00 be reported within ten (10) days to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Notify your Insurance Agent immediately.

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