After an Accident

What to do after an accident
If you are involved in an automobile accident, follow the tips provided below to decrease the chance of unnecessary complications.

  • Check for Injuries
  • Check for injuries to all parties involved. If necessary, call 911 for medical assistance.

  • Call the Police
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor. They will advise you if their response to the scene is necessary. If the police are present at the scene of the accident, get the police report number, name, badge number, police station/district and telephone number of the investigating officer.

  • DO NOT admit fault
  • DO NOT admit fault. Cooperate with the police and their investigation. DO NOT sign any documents unless it is for the police.

  • Gather Information
  • Obtain information with ALL parties involved in the accident and whether they were the driver or a passenger. This shall include name, address, telephone numbers, insurance company, policy number, insurance agent, year, make, model, color, tag and the 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle.

  • Note Damages
  • Make note of specific damages to ALL vehicles.

  • Identify Witnesses
  • Identify any independent witnesses to the accident and write down name, address, home and work telephone numbers. This can prevent disagreement on how the accident actually happened.

  • Make Notes
  • Make notes about the accident, including road names, circumstances, weather conditions and visibility.

  • Make Photos
  • If possible, obtain photos of the accident scene and damages to the vehicles involved.

  • Report the Accident
  • As soon as possible, call Paramount to report your accident.

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