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Reacting to a Fender Bender

Though quite common, most drivers still don’t know how to properly react when they find themselves involved in a fender bender. Of course, the nature of the accident will affect what specific course of action you should take; however, there is still general information that everyone should become familiar with, as learning the tips detailed below could become quite beneficial — take a look:

Safety Comes First

This step, though rather obvious, is still important to mention. No matter what the circumstances of the accident may be, it’s always important to react in whichever way is the safest. If you find yourself being involved in a fender bender, it will be important to pull off to the side of the road — in doing so, you will hopefully avoid another collision, as well as not delay the flow of traffic. However, remember to be smart and safe when making this transition.

Is Anyone Injured?

Even if the fender bender seems minor, injuries can still occur. Therefore, it’s very important to assess yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Again, depending on the nature of the injuries, you may need to call an ambulance. If the injury seems particularly serious, then it will be important to not move until you call 9-1-1 and help arrives. Don’t ignore an injury!

Consider Calling the Police

You will need to decide whether or not you want to make a police report. If the damage is minimal and the driver of the other vehicle is cooperative, then you may choose to not call the police. However, if you take this route, make sure you exchange the proper information (i.e. insurance carriers, license plate numbers, phone numbers, etc.). You may also want to look for eyewitnesses as a precaution.

Don’t Panic

Easier said than done, if you find yourself involved in a fender bender, try not to panic. If you panic, then you’ll be more likely to make the situation worse than it really is. Make sure to get as much detailed information from the wreck as you possible can (i.e. take notes and pictures). Also, don’t forget to call your insurance provider and consider visiting your family doctor. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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