Crash course on what to do after a car accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 6.2 million reported auto accidents each year. While we hope you aren’t in one, here are some tips on what to do if you are.
What if I caused the car accident?
If you believe you are the at-fault driver, it is crucial for you to remain calm and handle the situation in an amicable way. This will foster better relationships with your insurance agency and others involved.
How it will affect your insurance?
Your insurance rate may not be impacted immediately, but it could be in the future. Typically, your rate will not increase at the time of your claim, but it will go up when your policy renews. In most cases, the surcharge is lowered after three years of clean driving.
Suggested steps to take directly after a car accident
- Call 911 or the police, explain the situation and notify them of any injuries
- Move your vehicles to a safe location
- File an accident report – this could help you with your insurance claim down the line
- Exchange relevant information with the other driver including, name, address, phone number, insurance company and insurance policy number
- Take photos of scene and any damage
- Contact your insurance agent or company
Is there coverage that could offset out-of-pocket costs?
Some insurers offer some form of accident forgiveness coverage, which keeps your insurance premium from going up because of an at-fault accident. The Hanover, in particular, offers second change accident forgiveness, which applies if you’ve had no at-fault accidents in the previous 36 months, regardless of who your previous insurer was. (Many insurers insist on 36 months solely with their company to qualify.)
Underinsured motorist coverage extends coverage to include property and bodily damage caused by a motorist with low or no insurance protection. Underinsured motorist coverage is designed to provide the injured person with compensation above the limit of the at-fault party's policy coverage.
Before you hit the road
Contact your independent insurance agent to be sure you have the right combination of coverage, value and price. The Hanover offers a robust suite of auto protection options designed to help give you maximum peace of mind when you are behind the wheel.