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What To Do When Waiting on a Tow Truck Following an Accident

If you were involved in an auto accident that rendered your vehicle inoperable, then you are probably on the side of the road waiting on a tow truck to arrive. You may even find yourself on the side of the road because your vehicle decided to break down on you.

For whatever reason you are waiting on a tow truck, there are several things you should keep in mind to stay safe while you wait and other things to do before they tow the vehicle away.

Park In a Safe Spot


If possible, make sure your vehicle is parked in a safe spot. Avoid getting stuck in the middle of the road where your vehicle is going to be blocking traffic. This may require you to push the vehicle into a safe spot off the road. You should then turn the hazard lights on as well, and if you have something red, tie it to the back of your vehicle to increase your visibility while you wait.

Call for Help


If you are stuck because of a car accident, then you need to contact the authorities and report the incident. If you fail to report an accident, there can be serious legal implications. After this, you want to also make sure to file the claim with your insurance company. To do this, you are going to need the case number on the police report.

You may also want to consider discussing your claim with a qualified personal injury or accident attorney as well. They will help you get the compensation you deserve for any injuries you may have sustained as well as damages sustained during the accident.

Remove Valuables


While you wait, it is also a good idea to remove any valuables from the vehicle, including those items that may hold sentimental value to you as well. Not only will this provide you with peace of mind knowing that you have possession of your valuables, but it also means you won't have to make a special trip to pick these items up later while your car awaits repairs. Remember, towing companies are also not responsible for any damage or the loss of your personal items that remain in the car when it is towed.

Stay Calm


Once you finish all the steps we have outlined above, the only thing left to do is stay calm while you wait. If it is hot outside, make sure to stay hydrated. You should also try to conserve your phone battery as much as possible as well. You don't know exactly how long you are going to have to wait, so you want to make sure you can make a call if needed.

Avoid Walking Around


If possible, and if it is safe to do so, consider staying in the vehicle until the tow truck arrives. Avoid walking around or standing around your car, especially if you are stuck on the side of a busy highway.

Get Official Documentation


Also, you need to make sure to ask for official documentation from the tow truck operator. All trusted tow companies will provide their clients with all the information they need. You should also make sure that the tow truck arriving at your vehicle is the same one you called for and is a reputable company.

Reputable companies will verify who they are and offer a receipt and provide you with the location of where your car is going. Be sure to ask for the company's name and address as well, so you have something to reference later.

So, if you find yourself waiting for a tow truck following an accident, follow these simple steps to stay safe and pass the time while you wait..