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Handy car accident checklist

Updated: Apr 15, 2022

Car accidents can be rattling, print this helpful car accident checklist to keep handy.


1. Safety first

Be aware of your personal safety and others at the accident scene first. If there are any injuries or the roadway is blocked, call 911 immediately.


2. Keep calm

Emotions may run high in the aftermath of a car accident. In spite of this, it’s important to remain calm and stay focused at the task at hand.


3. Exchange information

Take good notes. Keep a pad and pencil in your glove compartment or use your cell phone to document the following:

  • Name, addresses, and phone numbers of all drivers and passengers involved in the accident

  • Car license number, make and model of each vehicle involved in the accident

  • Vehicle operator’s driver license number, insurance company, and policy number

  • Names and addresses of as many witnesses as possible

  • Names and badge numbers of police officers

4. Document damage

Take photos of the accident scene and vehicle damage. Record the details of the accident while they are fresh in your memory. Draw a diagram to recreate the scene.


5. File a police report

Even if no one is hurt from the accident, you should always contact the police and file an accident report. You might need it when you file a claim.


6. Report your claim

Contact Farmers Claims Services immediately, 24 hours a day at 1-800-435-7764 or file a claim online.



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