Drivers involved in minor accidents with no serious injuries should move cars to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. Leaving cars parked in the middle of the road or busy intersection can result in additional accidents and injuries. If a car cannot be moved, drivers and passengers should remain in the cars with seat belts fastened for everyone's safety until help arrives. Make sure to turn on hazard lights and set out cones, flares or warning triangles if possible.
After the accident, exchange the following information: name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver license number and license plate number for the driver and the owner of each vehicle. If the driver's name is different from the name of the insured, establish what the relationship is and take down the name and address for each individual. Also make a written description of each car, including year, make, model and color — and the exact location of the collision and how it happened.
Use your camera to document the damage to all the vehicles. Keep in mind that you want your photos to show the overall context of the accident so that you can make your case to a claims adjuster. If there were witnesses, try to get their contact information; they may be able to help you if the other drivers dispute your version of what happened.
Even if the accident was not serious, or there was minimal damage, call the police to ensure that the accident is thoroughly investigated and that all parties’ interests are protected. If the accident was minor, you and the other drivers may decide to handle the damages yourselves without the involvement of an insurance company or the police. But this is not a good idea, for several reasons:
If you need to file an accident report, please visit our online reporting page. If your accident does not meet the criteria for our online reporting, please come to the Parker Police Department at 18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Parkway to report it in person.