Auto Collision Checklist: What to Do if You Have an Accident

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 3 Comments

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Auto Collision Repair Tips

An auto collision can be an unnecessary headache. And, let’s face it, no one ever plans on having an accident. Unfortunately, they are common and usually it is not a matter of if you will have a traffic accident, it is a matter of when. Your auto collision repair experts at Accurate Auto Body have put together an auto collision checklist of things you should do if you have an accident.

Auto Collision Checklist

  1. Stay Safe – Assess your immediate situation and safety. If you need to stay in your car if there is risk of injury or if moving might put you at further risk of injury.
  2. Move to a Safe Location – If possible, and if your car is blocking traffic or creating a safety hazard, move your vehicle to the side of the road.
  3. Call 911 – Get help to the scene and report the accident. When the police arrive, follow their instructions. Sometimes, if it is a minor collision, the police may not come. In that case, exchange information with the other drivers and contact your insurance company.
  4. Be Polite – Make sure others involved are OK, but do not admit fault.
  5. Gather Information – Exchange insurance information and contact information with other drivers involved. If there are witness, also obtain their contact information.
  6. Document The Scene – If you have a smartphone (and if it is safe to do so), take pictures of vehicle and property damage, objects at the scene such as debris, skid marks, fallen branches, etc. Take pictures of the street signs to help identify the location and other things that may have contributed to the accident such as an obscured traffic sign. Also, take photos of the license plates of the other cars involved.
  7. Call your Insurance Company – Sometimes they can help you get a tow from the scene. If towed, make note of the company and where they take your vehicle. Also, some insurance plans provide you with a rental car for the duration of your vehicle’s repair.
  8. Arrange Your Repairs – You have the right to select your auto body repair shop. Most shops work with all the major insurance providers. Take a little time to research the shop and look at their Business Bureau rating, their reviews, and website. Make sure you feel comfortable with whatever shop you are trusting to make your car like new!

How to Use This Information

We know that dealing with an auto accident is very stressful. The repair of your car should not add to that stress. We are happy to help and answer any questions you may have. And, if your car has been involved in a collision, let us take a look at it. We will get you a thorough estimate so you can have peace of mind when it comes to your repair. Call 303-344-2212 or schedule an estimate appointment online.

3 Responses

  1. John Carston says:

    I appreciate that you explained the importance of assessing your situation after the crash for safety. The other day, my brother mentioned that he was hoping to find a reliable auto body repair service that could repair the body of his vehicle because he was involved in a car collision, and he asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article, I’ll be sure to tell him that he can consult trusted auto body repair services as they can help him provide information that will benefit him.

  2. I appreciate your suggestion to use the BBB to help you find a good auto body shop after a collision. My younger brother was involved in an accident last night, and his car is pretty dented. I’ll help him search the BBB and other reviews this week to find a respectable repair shop.

  3. Documenting whatever might have happened when it comes to auto collision repair definitely feels important. This way, the car repair expert can help me do what needs to be done since they’ll have a better idea of what happened. I’ll take this into account and make sure I tell any auto repairman I know of what happened when doing auto repairs.

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