Car accidents can happen to anyone at anytime, that’s why it’s always best to be prepared on how to handle them properly. They are called accidents for a reason because no one can really prevent one from happening, but knowing how to correctly handle this type of situation at any given time is what matters most. Along with staying calm, here are six important steps to take no matter how big or small the collision.
6 Steps to Properly Handle a Car Accident
1. Safety first
Staying safe is key when getting into a collision. Once you’ve made direct contact, immediately turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers know what is going on. If you’re able to move your car out of traffic to a safe place, keep your hazards flashing and turn off your engine. Take the time to collect yourself and if you have passengers with you, check to see if they’re okay.
2. Get help
Once you’ve taken a moment to collect yourself, seek help and be of assistance to other parties involved including other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. No matter how big or small the damage, call 911 for police to file a report and to safely conduct the scene.
3. Document everything
Do your best to gather as much information from all parties involved in the collision. It can be a lot easier to do this with your camera phone if you don’t have a pen and paper handy. Be sure to also capture photos of the scene including the damages and important documents.
Here is a list of important information you need:
-Names and contact information (including all drivers and passengers)
-Driver license(s) information
-Insurance information (company and policy numbers)
-Vehicle description(s) (make, model, year, color)
-Location and time of scene
-Eyewitness name and contact (if applicable)
4. File a claim
Give your insurance agent a call immediately. You can find the number to call on the back of the insurance card. When giving your scenario over the phone, be sure to stay accurate as possible and keep any related documents on hand throughout the claim process.
6. Call CarStar Metropolitan
So what happens to your car? Bring it into CarStar Metropolitan Auto Body and Paint! If your vehicle is immobile, our 24/7 towing service is available for your convenience. We understand how stressful it is being involved in any collision, that’s why we provide OEM quality repairs no matter how big or small the damage.