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Auto Accident Guide

Each time you get on the road, it’s essential to prepare for unexpected collisions. Below is Old Dominion’s short guide of what to do if disaster strikes. From appropriate actions to take to keeping a DMV Accident Report form on hand,  use this information to stay prepared and navigate a collision. 


We suggest printing out and storing a DMV Accident Report in your car. In many cases, the DMV requires you to submit this report within 72 hours of a collision. Having it with you at the scene of the accident will help ensure that you’re gathering all the essential details. To learn more about using this form, visit the Oregon government’s page on accident reporting and responsibilities.

 Actions to Take at the Scene of an Accident

If you get into an accident, stop your vehicle and move it to the side of the road. Next, contact the police and report any injuries that have occurred. As you begin recording information about the accident, keep in mind that you don’t want to admit fault for the accident. Let your insurance company speak on your behalf when it comes to discussing responsibility.

Gathering Information About the Collision

While you are at the scene of the accident, make sure to record the names, contact information, and vehicle information of the other drivers—also, record accident details like where and when the collision happened. Collect pictures of the scene, sketch it out, or record a voice memo describing the accident in your own words.

Old Dominion is here to help!

As you might be able to tell, education is important to us – for both our staff and our customers.  We also suggest reading through our collision myths vs. facts to clear up common misconceptions about the auto repair process. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment with us, contact us today.