Download a printable version of this checklist to share with the other drivers in your family. Encourage everyone in your family to keep a copy of the checklists in the glove box or above the visor; it may help your loved ones avoid being injured in a wreck, and will help them know what to do if they are ever in a wreck.
Before You Get In The Car
- Make sure you are well rested and not impaired by alcohol or medication.
- Be sure you know your car’s equipment (adjust the mirrors, seat and other controls so you are in full control of the car).
- Use your seatbelt! Seatbelts keep you in the car. A person thrown from a car quickly becomes a fatality.
- Turn on the car’s lights. Lights not only enable us to see where we are going, they make our cars easier to see by other drivers.
- Know where you are going before you start your journey. Fumbling with maps or even sophisticated navigation systems distracts from the task of driving.
- Never use your cell phone. Studies show that even hands-free speaker-phones divert much of our attention from the road.
- Eliminate as many distractions as possible. Pull over to deal with a crying child or an upset pet.
- Keep a first aid kit, cold weather survival items and disposable camera in your trunk or glove box.
If you are in a collision
- Make sure you and your passengers obtain appropriate medical care as soon as possible.
- Call 9-1-1 for an ambulance and police.
- If your car is still driveable, move it well off the road onto the shoulder or next to the curb.
- Tell the responding officer or patrolman your observation of the crash.
- Get the names of any witnesses, their telephone numbers and addresses.
- Get the other driver’s name, address and insurance company information.
- Photograph the other driver and their car, including the car’s license plate.
- DO NOT provide a written or tape recorded statement to any insurance adjuster who represents the other driver who caused the collision.
- Call us at the Brosnahan Law Firm, P.A. as soon as possible so our investigators can collect and preserve the evidence you will need to win your case.
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