How to Handle a Car Crash at Night

Getting into a car accident is something that no driver ever wants to experience. But when it happens late at night, there is a whole other set of things to worry about that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem in the day, such as finding a 24-hour tow truck. Here are some tips for handling a crash late at night.


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    Remain calm. Even the best drivers get into crashes from time to time, but it is important for you to stay calm. Driving school rarely teaches how panic can cause you to make bad decisions that could damage either your health or finances in the long-run. Therefore, take a minute to get yourself together and plan how you will proceed to get out of your situation.
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    Evaluate the scene. One of the worst parts about getting in a crash at night is that the accident itself can be difficult to see. First, make sure that you are alright by checking your body for cuts, bruises, or other immediate medical problems. Second, make sure that your passengers are not injured. Finally, check on drivers in other vehicles to make sure that they are unharmed.
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    Get off the road if feasible. If not, do something to make it very clear that there are people on the road or near it. Oncoming cars may not be aware of the need to slow down and avoid hitting people. If you have emergency triangles, flares and other signals, put them out to help guide other drivers to stay out of the way.
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    Contact emergency services. Emergency services are essential for both medical reasons and to repair or tow your car. Your insurance company will also want to see that you have contacted emergency services before they will consider covering certain claims for either yourself or the other driver. If you have your cellphone, simply call 911 and emergency services will be able to obtain your location and other information immediately. If you do not have a phone, ask another driver involved in the accident or flag down another car on the road to make the call.
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    Care for the injured. While waiting for emergency services to arrive, immediately start to provide care for either yourself or other drivers who were injured during the accident. Car accidents are rarely fatal, but they can cause injuries that can be exacerbated if they are not addressed immediately. Therefore, your first step once help is on the way is to provide care for people who were injured during the accident.
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    Document the accident. Since most accidents occur during the day, it is usually simple to document an accident by just taking some pictures. However, pictures of accidents at night can turn out badly because cameras have a difficult time gathering enough light from the scene to develop a photo. Check your phone or other devices capable of taking photos to see if the shutter can be manually controlled. If this does not work or you do not have a camera with you, write down a specific description of the scene. Documenting everything will prevent other drivers from changing facts or claiming unrelated injuries that you could be liable for.
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    Talk to emergency services. If nobody was injured during the crash, a police officer will most likely show up at the scene within less than ten minutes. You will need all identifying paperwork such as your car's registration, your license, and insurance card. The police officer will then interview the other driver, evaluate the scene, and come to a conclusion about who was at fault for the accident. You have a right to argue this in court at a later date, but make sure that you have enough evidence to justify why your claims are more authoritative than the police officer's.
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    Contact your insurance company. After the accident, the insurance company will be notified of your accident once the police officer submits information about the accident to the city government, since this information is public record. However, you should still contact your insurance company to tell them about the accident and learn about your options to have part of the accident's cost covered by the company. Depending on your jurisdiction and what has happened, you may also have to deal with a lawsuit from the other party, which can be much easier to manage with the accident information you documented earlier.

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