Monday, December 22, 2014

After the crash

Don't know what to do if in an auto accident? Your state government is here to help.

After the crash

In what can fairly be called auto tips for the profoundly stupid, your state government is offering advice on what to do if you're in a car accident.

As the summer vacation season gets underway, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has issued a press release, "Tips on What to Do After an Automobile Crash," that seems to suggest anyone in an motoring mishap immediately loses all sense and reason.

The "tips" include such post-accident advice as moving your vehicle "if possible" off the roadway and staying in a "safe location" until police arrive.

This should end what the state must view as the common post-fender-bender behaviour in which drivers run shrieking from their cars never to return.

The state also advises that motorists should have their license, registration and insurance information "handy."

This, I suppose, is to caution those motorists who routinely keep their license, registration and insurance information in the frozen foods section of their home refrigerators.

The press release also touts a free mobile iPhone and Android smartphone ap from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners with directions on what to do after a crash, assuming, I guess, motorists ignore the helpful tips from the state Insurance Department.

If drivers are confused by any of this, the press release lists the department's toll-free hotline, 877-881-6388. And if any media types are in need of further explanation, it lists four separate contact people at two different numbers -- the Insurance Department and the State Police.

Your tax dollars at work.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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