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What to do if you have an ACCIDENT?

By Mamie Nash

Car wrecks suck, don’t they? The worry, the possible injuries, and the cost of repairing your car are enough to drive anyone crazy! Generally, people don’t take much time out of a day to contemplate the implications of a crash, and most drivers have neither the preparation and knowledge to handle a collision appropriately.

Here at Dish, we were just discussing this difficult problem the other day. For example, when I had my first wreck ever last Fall, it was raining quite hard, and I had no idea what to do! Since I hydroplaned into a tree and not another person, I just assumed that I could notify the police the next morning. Little did I know I could have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a fact that the officer who took my report so kindly informed me!

Police reportAfter the report was filled out, I drove my car to the body shop to have the front end fixed. The ground was still wet, so I failed to notice the fluids dripping out. The insurance company told me that if I could move my car, it was probably OK to drive. So, was the engine totaled before driving to the body shop? No. Was it totaled after all the freon leaked out on the drive over? Yes, yes it was.

It was a nightmare, ladies, one that I hope to help YOU avoid!

So here it is, a list of things you need to always have on hand when driving! I suggest keeping everything in a ziplock bag in the glove compartment or console, making it easy to reach if you need it. Take a second and print out the list below, fill out the numbers, and staple it on the front of the baggie. You’ll thank me later!



    In a ziplock bag kept in your glove compartment/console, keep:

  • Pen and Paper
  • Proof of Insurance (make sure you keep it up-to-date)
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Disposable Camera
  • List of Phone Numbers:
  1. Police: 911
  2. Insurance Agent:  (____)_____-______
  3. AAA (If Applicable): (____)_____-______
  4. Towing Service:  (____)_____-______
  5. Body Shop:  (____)_____-______
  • List of Your Medications:
  • List of Your Allergies:
  • Your Blood Type:
  • Your Emergency Contact Name: ______________
  • Phone Number:  (____)_____-______


  • Do not leave the scene of the accident.
  • Turn on your emergency lights, and move to the side of the road if possible.
  • Notify the police department.
  • Take pictures of both cars, regardless of visible damage.
  • Exchange name and address, license number, registration, and insurance company’s name with other involved parties.
  • Call a body shop, explain the collision, and ask if your car is safe to drive. If you are hesitant to move it, CALL A TOWING SERVICE! / Issue 195 - July 2018
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