Getting in a car accident in and of itself can be a real bummer. Even if your car isn’t terribly damaged and there’s been no real injuries, the overall stress of the experience can really put a damper on your day. What can make this bad situation worse, however, is if you get into this car accident while you’re traveling or on vacation. While the basics of what you should do after a car accident are the same regardless of where you are in the world, there are a few things that you might want to do a little differently in this particular situation. So to help you be prepared for the worst when going on your next trip, here are three things to do if you get in a car accident while traveling.
See A Doctor
In many car accidents, some harm or damage is done to the bodies of those involved, even if the damage to the vehicle was minimal. From whiplash to lacerations from a seat belt or just muscle tension, even the most insignificant of car accidents can cause injuries. If the accident happened when you were at home and in your normal routine, it might be fine for you to wait a few days to see if your condition gets better before visiting the doctor. But if you’re traveling, HG.org advises that you see a doctor as soon as you’re able to leave the scene. By taking this time to make sure everything’s fine before you continue on with your trip, you’ll be able to ensure you’re healthy enough for what you have planned or will be able to make timely adjustments when necessary.
Call Your Rental Car Company
If you were driving a rental car during your car accident, NerdWallet shares that they are the first people you should call once the dust of the accident has settled. The car rental company will be able to help you figure out what to do next and will assist you in getting a new car if you’re planning to still continue with your trip.
Get In Touch With Your Insurance Agency
After you’ve called your rental car company, you should then call your insurance agency. Depending on the type of car insurance coverage you have, you might be completely covered from your accident. However, you can’t know this until you make a claim with your insurance. According to Curtis Lee, a contributor to Nolo.com, there are quite a few different types of car insurance coverage you can have or that you can purchase from the rental car company, so speak with your insurance agent to help get this situation all figured out.
To help you be prepared for the worst during your next trip, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you know what to do if you get in a car accident while traveling.
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