What to Do After a Car Accident

Two Vehicle Accident
Getting in a car accident is a traumatic experience, but we’re here to make the aftermath less stressful. Knowing what to do after a car accident will make getting back on the road less of a hassle. Our guide will help you understand the steps to take after an accident. We’re here to help, so contact us for the support you need in . We’ll repair your vehicle, alert you to insurance claims, and more.

What to Do After a Car Accident Checklist

Minor Accidents

Minor car accidents are fender bender and parking lot bumps that only cause minor damage to either or both vehicles. The steps to take after a minor car crash are as follows:

  • Check to see if any passengers need medical attention. Call 911 if they do. 
  • If you’re uninjured or able to do so, pull your car to a safe spot. Do not go too far from the scene of the accident. 
  • Alert the Police. 
  • Exchange contact information will all drivers involved. If there were witnesses, get their information as well. 
  • Take photos of the damage to your vehicle and the scene of the accident. 
  • Give your insurance provider the details of the accident to begin the claims process. 

Major Accidents

Major accidents involve major injuries, fatalities, or vehicle totaling. Follow the steps below in response to a major accident:

  • Call 911 Immediately: The police will send an ambulance to you and will come to the scene to survey the damage. They will determine the at-fault driver at this time and respond accordingly. Having the police present at the scene will also help when filing a claim as there will be an official record of the details of the accident. 
  • Contact your insurance provider: If someone else filed a claim on your behalf while you were recuperating from your accident, then you should follow-up with them as soon as you’re able. 
  • Follow up with your physician: If you are still experiencing pain, go to your doctor for additional medical care. 

How to File a Car Accident Insurance Claim

Filing a car accident insurance claim is a straightforward and (mostly) universal process. Gather the following information then call your insurance agent to file a car accident insurance claim:

  • Have your insurance policy number handy. 
  • A detailed description of the accident for reference
  • A record of the date, time, and location of the accident
  • The contact information of the other people involved in the accident
  • The name of the police department that was on the scene and the police report number if available). 

An insurance adjuster will inspect your vehicle’s damage to determine the amount you’ll need for repairs. If the police report and photographs are not sufficient, you may have your vehicle reinspected in-person by a professional.

We’re Here to Help with Your Insurance & Finance Needs

Our service and parts team is here to help you get back on the streets of and in no time. Now that you know what to do after a car accident, get your car repaired at Jackson Family of Dealerships. We’ll make your car look like new again so you can put the accident behind you and start enjoying the drive again. Browse our service specials to see how you can save on maintenance and parts replacements. If you’re looking for a new or pre-owned car, you can turn to our dealership for assistance. Our team is knowledgeable and friendly, and we can help you learn more about the Ford Escape vs. Chevy Equinox comparison to see which one best fits your needs. Visit us today!

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