Most Connecticut drivers know how to handle heavy traffic in urban areas and on highways. No matter how many years of experience drivers have behind the wheel, however, it may be difficult to know what steps to take after an accident. It can be helpful to review these steps periodically to increase readiness.

When drivers follow the law and know what they should do after an accident, everyone has an easier time dealing with it. In any accident, if injuries occur, the first priority must be obtaining medical help.

Car accident fatality rates

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2018 there were 11.2 fatalities for every 100,000 people in the United States. This translates to 1.13 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The state of Connecticut has fared better than average, with only 8.2 deaths per 100,000 people and only 0.93 deaths per 100 million miles driven.

Steps to take after an accident

According to Connecticut laws, there are certain steps to take after an accident. If possible, drivers should:

  • Safely pull off to the side of the road
  • Call 911 and give the dispatcher all pertinent details, including information about any possible injuries
  • Remain at the accident scene until emergency services arrive
  • Speak with law enforcement and follow police officer instructions
  • Exchange names, driver’s license numbers, address and registration information with the other party to the accident
  • Phone the car insurance company regardless of who is at fault

If law enforcement does not come to the scene of the accident, drivers must file a report with the police department within five days of the crash.