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Five Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

If you're ever in an accident, it's easy to forget what to do right away. Follow these five steps to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and everyone else involved:
  1. Call the Police. Even for small accidents, call 911. Police will help redirect traffic and document the incident.
  2. Avoid Additional Damage. Move your car from the roadway as soon as possible to prevent additional collisions.
  3. Get the Right Information for the Insurance Process. You'll need the other driver's name, license, phone number, insurance information and license plate number.
  4. Document the Accident. From taking pictures of the damage and the overall accident to interviewing witnesses and taking down their information. The more accident evidence you can gather for the insurance claim, the better.
  5. File an Accident Report. File a state vehicle accident report (available at police stations and DMV websites) to help speed up the claims process.


According to the US Census Bureau (PDF), there are more than 10 million motor vehicle accidents each year. And, according to the GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, more than 36 million American drivers would fail a driver's test if they took it today.

Be a safe driver. Take the National Drivers Test!

Share and compare your scores with your family and friends and determine who the smartest and safest driver is! Visit www.nationaldriverstest.com and click on the National Drivers Test button to see how you size up. If you're on Facebook, don't forget to check out the National Drivers Test Facebook App where you and your policyholders can "challenge a friend" to take the test!
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