Car accident information

No one wants to be involved in a traffic crash. But today such accidents seem inevitable. Here are some tips to help you should you be involved in a traffic crash. Keep this information in your car.

Try to AVOID an accident by:

* Always maintain a safe following distance between you and the car in front. Keep a gap of one and a half car lengths for each ten miles per hour of speed. Increase this distance during rainy or foggy conditions.

* Allow rude or impatient drivers to pass. Stay clear of weaving or reckless drivers; avoid passing them if possible.

* Do not react to a driver who has become hostile. Avoid making eye contact or gesturing.

In case of accident, you should IMMEDIATELY:

* Notify the police if there are injuries, if traffic is obstructed, if there is damage to either car, or if the other driver appears intoxicated.

* If there are no serious injuries, and if possible, move your vehicles to a safe area such as a service station or well lit parking lot. Let the other driver know what you are doing so they do not think you are fleeing the scene.

* Conceal and secure any valuables before exiting your vehicle.

* Write down the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all persons involved and any witnesses. Also write down their vehicle description including the license number.

* Notify your insurance company. You will need the name of your insurance company and policy number for the required reports. Keep this information with you whenever you drive.

Never Forget

You can avoid accidents by driving defensively, never drinking alcohol and driving, being courteous to other drivers and staying alert. To avoid injury should you be involved in an accident REMEMBER TO ALWAYS wear you seat belt!

For further information on this or others safety topics please contact the University of Florida Police Department’s Community Services Division at 392-1409.