What To Do If You’ve Been In An Accident
Car accidents can be sudden and frightening but knowing what to do after an accident can make all the difference in the world. You can navigate this unfortunate situation by following the tips below and making sure to choose the right repair shop to get your vehicle up and running again as soon as possible.
Stay Calm & Assess the Situation
If you’ve been in an accident, the first step is to take a deep breath and remain calm. If your car is still drivable, move your car to a safe location where you are free from traffic. Once your car is secure you can assess the situation. If possible, put your car into park, turn on your hazard lights before you exit your vehicle.
Check On Any Parties Involved
If another vehicle is involved in your accident, check on the other party for any injuries. If a person or pedestrian has been injured in your collision, contact 911 immediately.
Call the Police
Contact the police as soon as possible after you have secured your vehicle and checked for injuries. The police officer can provide a police report that will be helpful to your insurance company later. If the police determine that they are not needed for your situation, you can file an accident report through DMB. In California, failure to stop at the scene of an accident in which you are involved could result in serious criminal hit-and-run charges.
Write down the insurance information of the other driver including:
- Driver & passenger names
- Phone number
- Insurance company and policy number
- License plate numbers
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact info for any eyewitnesses
- Location of accident
- Name and badge number of any responding police officers
- Do not accept any informal settlements offered by another driver.
Detailed photographs are invaluable when it comes to insurance claims. Providing photographs to your insurance company will establish fault in the collision and can be used as a reference to the vehicle damage. Document the damage of all vehicles involved.
Contact Insurance Company
Your next step is to contact your insurance company. Whether the accident was someone else’s fault or yours, you will need to file a claim. Your insurance card should have the phone number of your insurance company listed. You will need the insurance information of the other driver’s and a police report number if you have one.
Contact North Star Collision Repair
Once your insurance company has moved forward with your claim, you will now be able to locate an auto body repair shop to start the repair process. Getting your vehicle safe again and back on the road is the ultimate goal. Your insurance company might suggest an auto body repair shop but you are not required to use any shops they suggest. All decisions regarding your vehicle are yours to make.
North Star Collision Repair is here to help you in the unfortunate event of an accident. Our mission is to provide our customers with top of the line service and bring your vehicle back to its pre-accident condition.
** When you are in an accident, it is your responsibility to remove your vehicle from the road or highway or it can be towed and impounded. North Star Collision Repair can help with this and get your vehicle safely to our facility for inspection.