What to Do When a Company Vehicle Gets in a Car Accident
[This article was written by Kara Masterson.]
Some of us are lucky enough to gain access to a company vehicle. It’s a pretty sweet perk that some people many even take for granted. Since it is a company vehicle, it’s especially important to treat it carefully. You should drive slowly and follow the rules of the road. Even the most careful drivers can get into an accident, though. Here’s what to do when you get into a car accident in a company vehicle.
Make Sure Everyone is Okay
First and foremost, you want to ensure that you and everyone else in all involved vehicles are safe. If someone needs medical assistance, call for an ambulance immediately.
You need to take the time to take pictures of absolutely everything you see related to the accident. These pictures will come in handy when determining the extent of the damage as well as possibly helping find who was at fault.
Get Witness Statements
if you and the other driver have opposing stories of what happened, it can be difficult for the insurance companies to come to an agreement about who was at fault. Help make it easier by asking anyone who was kind enough to stop to please stay and record a statement. The strongest witness statements come from random third-party strangers who do not know you.
Call Your Boss
This is not going to be a very fun call whether the accident was your fault or not. However, it has to be done. Call your boss as soon as you are done exchanging information with the other person. If the car is towed, be sure to grab anything work related out of the car before it’s taken away. Talk about who will pay for the cost of your cab back to the office if you are far away. If you are in need of medical assistance then you should get it right away. You should obviously use an ambulance if you are in need for it. You should contact HR to know what workplace clinic you should visit for follow up visits and physical therapy.
Call and Attorney
Car accidents can end up costing people serious money. This is especially true if someone gets hurt. If you are being accused of being at fault, but you didn’t do anything wrong, you should call your lawyers. You should also call commercial vehicle wreck attorneys if you were at fault. You should even call lawyers if it’s clear that you weren’t at fault. They can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Getting into a car accident while driving a commercial vehicle can be a headache. However, if you handle it properly, you can use these steps to get back to your day.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.