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What to Do After a Car Accident


Auto accidents are unexpected and stressful. Even the most careful drivers may be involved. If you are in an accident,  If you have recently been involved in an accident, begin reporting a claim.


Be Prepared


  • Carry a set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares in your trunk to help alert traffic. 

  • It also helps to have a pen and a card with any relevant medical information for you and your family.



Immediately After an Accident


  • Take a deep breath and stay calm.

  • Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt. 

  • If accident is minor, move cars to a safe place, out of traffic. 

  • Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights and use cones, warning triangles or flares for safety. 

  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor. 

  • Notify your insurance agent immediately.


Other Important Tips


  • Do not sign any document unless it's for the police or your insurance agent.

  • Make immediate notes about the accident, including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, etc. 

  • If the name on an auto registration is different than the driver, jot down the relationship. 

  • Be polite, but don't tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was. 

  • State only the facts, and limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent. 

  • If possible, don't leave the accident scene before the police and other drivers do.

Now What ?

You may be injured and not realize it: Patients often tell Dr. Ficco, they feel fine after the accident, but sometimes a few days later they may start experiencing pain and injury.  The first few days after a car accident are most critical. It is most important to get checked out by Dr. Ficco as soon as possible.


The longer you wait to see the doctor, the longer it will take you to recover; therefore it is better to get checked out as quickly as possible.  We can see you immediately after your auto accident.  If you have recently had a car accident, this can be a very critical time for you.  We are caring, understanding and ready to help you every step of the way! If you have med pay benefits your care will be covered under your limits, you can also use your major medical or if you have no coverage the carrier at fault may cover your care after treatment is complete. Even if the accident was your fault, give us a call today!

(770) 497-0073


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