Being in a car accident is scary. Things only get more complicated if the accident involves an uninsured driver. What should you do if the unexpected happens and you find yourself in a car accident with someone without insurance? Don’t panic, just follow these six steps.
Step 1: Contact the Police
As with any accident, you should notify the police first. This is even more important when the scene involves an uninsured driver. Having a police record and an accident report helps get your expenses covered and aids in the claims process.
Step 2: Document the Scene
When your vehicle is damaged and you file a claim with your auto insurance company, you want to make sure you receive fair compensation. That’s why it’s important to gather evidence to support your claim, especially when you’re hit by an uninsured driver. Take pictures of the accident with your smartphone and make sure you capture the damage to all vehicles involved. Next, jot down notes to help you remember what happened. Consider these key points:
- Who was driving
- What led to the accident
- The speed of your vehicle
- Current road conditions
- If there were any distractions (such as texting or talking on the phone)
Step 3: Exchange Information
If the police are at the scene, they’ll take down the other driver’s information. It’s also vital that you do, too. Use this list as a guide for what to record:
- Driver and passenger names
- License plate numbers
- Driver’s license number and the state in which it was issued
- Insurance information
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact information of any eyewitnesses
- Location of the accident
- Name/badge number of any responding police officers
Step 4: Contact your Insurer
What your insurance company does at this point may depend on a few other factors, such as the amount of damage to the vehicles, along with your policy’s specific coverages and limits.
Step 5: Take Care of Yourself
If you’re injured in the accident, you’ll likely have medical expenses. Your claims professional can explain how these benefits apply toward your medical bills and lost wages.
Before the unexpected happens, work with your agent to select adequate coverage to pay your medical bills in the event you are injured by an uninsured motorist. Consider investing in uninsured motorist coverage so that you are protected if you get hit by an uninsured driver.
Step 6: Repair Your Vehicle
Talk to your insurance company for guidance on how to get your vehicle repaired. There may be a specific process to follow, certain auto repair companies to use or specific forms to complete.
If you drive or own a vehicle, you should consider investing in uninsured motorist coverage. Talk to your Farm Bureau agent today about what makes sense for you.