The airbag just went off.  Now what?

Screech of tires, a loud bang and the sound of breaking glass. You have unfortunately be involved in an auto accident. What should you do next after a collision?  The first thing you should do is not leave the scene of the accident. Besides doing the right thing, leaving the scene of an accident could result in the suspension of your license.  It might also result in a second or third degree felony.  So it’s definitely not a good idea to leave the scene of an accident.

After the accident you should come to a stop as close to the accident as possible or pull over to the side of the road safely if possible. After the accident, stay calm and try to assess the situation for any further danger, fire, traffic, etc. If necessary provide assistance to anybody in your vehicle, the cars or pedestrians involved. In the event of injury call 911. If no injuries seem apparent, call the police and report the accident.

After everything has calmed downed and injured people are attended to, the next step would be to exchange information with the other person or people involved. The info that should be exchanged is name, address, and contact information of all people involved. Along with their drivers license number, license plate and their auto insurance information. Take photos of the accident scene and any damage to the vehicles if possible. Most people have a camera on their phone. If there are any eyewitnesses it is a good idea to get their information as well.  Remember that if you hit an unattended vehicle and can’t find the owner, you are required to leave a note.  Included in the note should be your information to be contacted along with a brief description of what happened.

You are not required to call the Florida Highway Patrol on every accident but there area few situations that you have to. The following are times when a Florida Highway Patrol must be contacted. If there is a death or injury, an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, a hit and run, or property damage over $500.

As you can see there are several steps to take after being in an auto accident. Beside the few that are listed, it is also a good idea to notify your insurance company. Along with retaining any copies of medical receipts that are a result from the accident. Remember that driving is a privilege,not a right. Please be responsible.

Make sure everyone is OK, render aid if needed, then call for a police report.