Auto Accident

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Be prepared

  • Keep a set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares in your trunk to help alert traffic.
  • Carry current insurance information in your car.
  • Keep a copy of important medical information for each family member in your glove compartment.

Immediately after an accident

  • Take a deep breath and stay calm.
  • Check for injuries; call 911 for emergency help.
  • Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights and use cones, warning triangles or flares for safety.
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor.
  • Notify your insurance agent.

Other helpful tips

  • Make notes about the incident.
  • Take photos of the damage to all vehicles.
  • If there were witnesses to the incident, get their contact information.
  • Be polite, but don't declare that the accident was your fault.
  • Limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent.
  • Stay at the accident scene until police have completed their report.

Accidents Involving University of Iowa Fleet Services vehicles

  • Call Fleet Services at 319/384-0564 to report the accident as soon as possible. (After hours, call Public Safety at 319/335-5022).
  • Accidents involving injury or death must be reported immediately to the nearest law enforcement agency and UI Department of Public Safety at 319/335-5022.
  • Regent accident forms must be filed with the Fleet Services office within 48 hours of an accident.