Preserving the Crash Scene

Preserving the Crash Scene

Preserving the crash scene and documenting the facts surrounding the incident can play an important role in minimizing the severity of a loss and proving where the fault lies. Because crash scenes can be chaotic, Great West Casualty Company provides its insureds with free crash reporting kits to help drivers manage the scene and document what happened. Be sure to report all crashes immediately, from the scene of the crash if at all practical. Here is a brief overview of the steps covered in the crash reporting kit:

Secure the Scene

• Stop and shut down your vehicle immediately, even if you are blocking traffic

• Turn on emergency flashers and do not move your vehicle unless advised by law enforcement to do so

• Place emergency warning devices around the vehicle within ten minutes of stopping

• If there are injuries, provide assistance but DO NOT move anyone; wait for medical assistance

Notify the Authorities

• Call the police

• Notify your company

• Report the crash to you insurance company

Document the Scene

• Take pictures of the crash scene using landmarks for reference

• Do not take pictures of injured people at the scene

• If you strike an unattended vehicle and cannot locate the owner, leave a note with your name, address, and company information securely on the vehicle

• Do not admit fault or sign anything (except a citation)

• Only make statements to the authorities, your company, or your insurance company; not bystanders, the media, or other drivers involved in the crash

• Collect contact information of witnesses

• Ask other drivers involved in the crash to sign the exoneration cards located in the crash reporting kit

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