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 a healthy decision. Make sure you are well rested and not impaired by alcohol or medication.
- Review 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. People thrown from a car quickly become fatalities.
- Turn on the car’s lights. Lights not only enable us to see where we are going, they make our car easier for others to see.
- Study your route. Know where you are going before you start your journey. Fumbling with maps or even sophisticated navigation systems distracts us from the task of driving.
- Never use your cell phone. Studies show that even hands-free speakerphones divert much of our attention from the road.
- Always pay attention. Eliminate as many distractions as possible. Pull over to deal with a crying child or an upset pet.
- Pack safety tools. Keep a First Aid kit, cold weather survival items and disposable camera in your trunk or glove box.
If you are in a collision
- Help the injured first. Make sure you and your passengers obtain appropriate medical care as soon as possible.
- Call 9-1-1. Speak with emergency workers so they can send ambulance, police and other necessary emergency services.
- Move working vehicle off road. If your car is still driveable, move it well off the road onto the shoulder or next to the curb.
- Report what happened to the Police. Tell the responding Officer or Patrolman your observation of the crash.
- Gather witness information. Get the name, address and telephone number of any witness to the crash.
- Gather driver’s information. Get the other driver’s name, address and insurance company information.
- Take some pictures. Photograph the other driver and their car, including the car’s license plate.
- Maintain confidentiality. DO NOT provide a written or tape recorded statement to any insurance adjuster who represents the other driver who caused the collision.
- Call Paul at the Brosnahan Law Firm ASAP! Call us as soon as possible so our investigators can collect and preserve the evidence you will need to win your case.