Weekly auto rail, with tips on what to do if you’re in a car accident, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

Tip of the Week

When a car accident happens, injuries may be severe and emotions may be high. However, there are important things to take care of - both at the scene of any accident and immediately afterward. Here are some tips from FindLaw.com for what you should do immediately after an automobile accident:

- Stay at the scene. If you leave the scene of an accident, you could face serious criminal penalties as a hit-and-run driver.

- Check on all drivers and passengers to make sure that everyone else involved in the accident is OK.

- Call the police.

- Exchange information. Get the names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers' license numbers, license plate numbers and basic insurance information of the other drivers.

- Don't apologize. You may back yourself into a corner in terms of legal liability for what happened.

- If you've been drinking, cooperate with police.

- Talk to witnesses.

- Inform your insurance company.

- Take pictures.

- Do not talk to anyone about the accident other than your attorney, your insurance company and the police.

For more information about what to do in the event of a motor vehicle accident, visit FindLaw.com.

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The List

Here are the safest 2010 model cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

- Small cars:

Honda Civic
Kia Soul
Nissan Cube
Subaru Impreza
Volkswagen Golf

- Midsize cars:

Audi A3
Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler Sebring
Dodge Avenger
Mercedes C Class
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Passat
Volvo C30

- Large cars:

Buick LaCrosse
Ford Taurus
Lincoln MKS
Volvo S80

Did You Know

General Motors’ 60-day money back guarantee program, which launched in September, so far has seen a return of only 193 out of 222,000 vehicles purchased, the company announced.

Car Q&A

Question: How long will the electric drive battery last in the Prius, and what is the cost of replacement?

Answer: Battery life is expected to be 150,000 miles and the replacement price can be found at the dealer’s parts department.

-- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist

GateHouse News Service