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Working at a portable restroom business means spending a lot of time on the road. Unfortunately, that puts you at an increased risk of being involved in an accident. If you haven’t been already, you’ll want to be prepared in the event that it does happen. Knowing how to respond enables you to more quickly get help, address the situation and come to a resolution. Here is a summary of the key steps for handling an accident scene that are agreed upon by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and major insurance companies:

5 Steps for Handling an Accident Scene

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5 Steps for Handling an Accident Scene

Step 1 – If possible, move the vehicle to a safe area, put it in park, shut it off and turn on your hazard lights. For added safety, put out cones, warning triangles or flares, if available.

Step 2 – Check yourself for injuries, and check on any others involved (drivers, passengers and pedestrians). Call 911 if anyone is injured, including minor injuries. Even minor symptoms like dizziness can turn into emergencies and should be checked out by a healthcare professional.

Step 3 – Notify the police, even if the accident is minor. A police accident report can be valuable when dealing with the insurance company.

Step 4 – Never admit fault for the accident. Collect information, including photos of the accident scene and damage to your vehicle, as well as info from others involved in the accident.

  • Names & contact information
  • Vehicle descriptions (make, model & year)
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • License plate numbers
  • Insurance companies & policy numbers
  • Names & contact information of eyewitnesses
  • Accident scene address or location
  • Name & badge number of the police officer on the scene

Step 5 – If you are the business owner or have the authority from the owner, file a claim with your insurance company. If you are an employee, notify your supervisor so the claim can be filed.

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