Large Percentage of Americans Confused about How to Respond to Car Accidents

A new State Farm Insurance survey has revealed that a large number of Americans are confused about how to respond after being involved in an auto accident or witnessing one. Not sure about what they’re required to do or even how they’re involved could make a difference in how accident victims receive help on many levels.

The Role of a Witness

The study found that many Americans are confused about the role that a witness plays when near a car accident. For instance, of the 1,000 respondents questioned, 74 percent of them thought being a witness to an accident meant being within 100 feet of it, while 66 percent said that being a witness means not being involved.

The good news is that a large number said that they would get involved if they saw one occur. In fact, the study found that 83 percent of respondents said they would pull over if they witnessed an accident that didn’t involve them.

The Parties Involved

As for the parties involved after an auto accident, the study found that 32 percent of Americans think that saying “I’m sorry” is more than just an apology and therefore admits fault and implies legal liability. Also, about 46 percent of respondents felt that it is against the law to refuse to report an accident to an auto insurance company.

State Farm Launches Auto Learning Center

In order to help Americans grasp the idea of how to handle an accident, either as a party directly involved or a witness, State Farm has launched the Auto Learning Center. This center is a one-stop resource for matters related to auto insurance.

From understanding what to do if an accident occurs to what steps to before contacting your auto insurance company, the center could be able to clear up any confusion regarding the process.

Hopefully you won’t find yourself in a situation where you’re involved in an accident in any way. If you are, however, it’s good to know what resources are available to help you obtain the information you need.