Emergency or Traffic-Accident Towing
In a traffic accident and in need of emergency towing? We tow for the local police departments and provide storage or impound lot for the vehicles. We are also the preferred towing service for most automotive dealerships in the Lancaster area.
Please see our FAQ for information on retrieving your vehicle if the police have request us to tow it.
TIPS for Dealing with a car accident
- Turn on your hazard lights.
- Call the police as soon as possible. You might be under the impression that the police is called only if it’s a major car accident or if somebody’s hurt, when in actuality the police should be called no matter how minor the accident, particularly if repairs are going to be needed. The police report will help the insurance companies determine who is responsible for paying. Ask the police if you should cautiously move the car out of the travel lane, if it will move and it is safe to do so. Do not move far lest the other driver think you are running away.
- Get out of your car only if outside your car is reasonably safe or safer than in it. In a minor accident, your car is unlikely to be at risk of catching fire. Do not step out into fast-moving traffic–go out the opposite door if necessary. The police will be able to direct traffic away safely soon. Be especially careful at night. It is much better to have someone hit your car with you in it than to have him hit you unarmored. And it is much better to fail to attend to someone’s minor injury very soon or to lose a witness who could say who should pay for car repairs than to have someone hit by a car.
- Make sure nobody is hurt. Check yourself and the passengers in your vehicle for any injuries, scratches, bruises or disorientation.
- Look for witnesses. If the accident happened in sight of a pedestrian, shop, or other drivers, ask them to stay on the scene until the police arrive so that they can provide statements. If possible, get their name and phone number.
- Exchange information with the other driver. The following information should be exchanged : (a) Names, addresses, telephone numbers, (b) Driver’s license numbers, and (c) Each driver’s automobile insurance company (including name, address, phone number, and policy number)
- Tell the police officer exactly what happened. Be specific and don’t exaggerate.
- File a claim or a notification with your insurance company. There are insurance claims and insurance notifications. The last one is when you do notify your insurance company about the accident but do not claim repairs of your car. Depending on how high your insurance access is you might save a lot of money and no-claim years too.
Other information: If you’re not at fault and your car is damaged, the other driver may try to convince you to not call the police and not file a claim. While it’s not uncommon for parties to work something out without police and insurance getting involved, there are no guarantees. If the other person offers to pay for the damages out of pocket, they can just as easily claim the accident never happened, or that it was your fault. Without a police report, you may end up not getting any kind of compensation.
Provided by wikihow.com.
States in the U.S. with “No Fault Insurance” mean each party in the accident is responsible for repairing their own vehicle, and if they have comprehensive coverage, the insurance company will pay for the repairs, less the deductible that applies to the individual policy.