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During his days as a player, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams was known as "The Big Marine" for his unflappable demeanor.
That reputation was put to the test last week when Williams was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver while being interviewed live on a local sports radio station.
How'd the Big Marine handle his on-air mishap, and what should you do if you're involved in a car accident?
Keep Calm, but Don't Carry On
The most important thing to remember if you're involved in a car accident is to remain calm. Only then can you be sure to take all the necessary steps to get all the information you will need, especially if there are injuries or damage to the vehicles involved.
As you might expect, Williams had no trouble keeping his cool, despite the chaos around him. According to Williams -- who remained on the air for several minutes following the crash last Wednesday -- the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle was already being chased by police when he hit Williams' car, and subsequently crashed into several other cars.
Equally as important, however, is remaining at the scene. That's because leaving the scene of a crash can have serious criminal penalties, as the driver who hit Williams will likely find out in court.
Call the Police (Unless They're Already There)
If there are any injuries, get immediate medical attention for anyone who may need it. However, even if there are no injuries, it's a good idea to call the police. That is, of course, if they're not already chasing the guy who ran into you.
If police do arrive on the scene, ask that a police report be filed and make sure to note the names and badge numbers of the officers who respond.
Talk to Witnesses, but Be Careful in Discussing the Incident
If there are witnesses to the accident, ask them what they saw and get their contact information, if they are willing to give it to you. This information may be valuable later.
Be polite to other drivers on the scene, but do not apologize while at the scene of an accident, even if you think you may have been at fault. Similarly, in the days or weeks after the accident, be careful in discussing the incident with anyone other than your insurance company or your car acccident attorney. If you are contacted by another insurance company, refer them to your attorney or insurance company.
If you're ever involved in a car accident, take a cue from Nats manager Matt Williams and don't panic. You may even want to print out this free auto accident checklist and keep it in your vehicle just in case.