Amica Offers Driving Safety Tips and Accident Checklist for Holiday Weekend

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Amica Insurance reminds everyone to drive safely and offers the following safety tips – as well as a checklist of what to do if you are in an accident.

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Hopefully, everyone will get to enjoy time with family and friends this weekend. But we'd like to remind you to be safe on the roads. That's why we're happy to share these tips.

Many people will be traveling over the Columbus Day weekend, whether to check out fall foliage or to tailgate at a favorite football game. Amica Insurance reminds everyone to drive safely and offers the following safety tips – as well as a checklist of what to do if you are in an accident.

“Hopefully, everyone will get to enjoy time with family and friends this weekend,” said Lisa DeCubellis, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “But we’d like to remind you to be safe on the roads. That’s why we’re happy to share these tips.”

  • Buckle up. Seat belts are the best way to prevent death or injury in the event of a crash. Make sure you and your passengers are properly buckled, and that children are secured in appropriate safety seats.
  • Pay attention. Many states now have laws prohibiting the use of cell phones and/or texting while driving. Pull off the road if you have to use your cellular phone.
  • Stay fresh and alert. Get plenty of rest before a long trip. Take lots of breaks. If you get tired, pull off the road and get fresh air, or something to eat or drink.
  • Never drink and drive. If you are going to cookouts and parties where alcohol will be served, make sure there’s a designated driver.

“We hope you have safe travels over this weekend and during the upcoming holidays,” DeCubellis said. “But it’s always good to know what to do in case you are involved in an accident. That’s why we’ve created an Auto Accident Checklist, which we posted here and on Amica.com. We hope you never have to use it, but it’s useful to have on hand, just in case.”

Auto Accident Checklist from Amica.com

This is a quick checklist of what to do in the event of an accident. You may want to print a copy to keep with your vehicle.

If you are involved in an accident

  •     Remain calm and polite.
  •     Turn on your hazard lights.
  •     If safe to do so, move your vehicle away from traffic.
  •     Do not discuss who is at fault or your insurance limits.
  •     Do not leave the scene of the accident.

Contact emergency personnel

  •     If anyone is injured, call 911 for medical assistance.
  •     Do not move an injured person.
  •     Give police your version of what happened.
  •     Obtain the police officer's name, department and incident number.

Exchange information

  •     Vehicle owner's name, address, telephone and/or e-mail address
  •     Insurance information (company and policy number)
  •     Other vehicle information (year, make, model and registration plate)
  •     Driver's name, address, telephone and/or e-mail address (if different from the vehicle owner's information)
  •     Obtain contact information from passengers and/or witnesses.
  •     Note the accident location.

Take photos/video if safe to do so

  •     Accident scene
  •     Traffic controls
  •     Street names
  •     Road conditions
  •     Vehicles and other property damage

About Amica Mutual Insurance
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.

Contact:    Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

Web site: Amica.com
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