Steps to Take After Being Involved in a Collision

Car Accident

When two vehicles are involved in a collision, the first priority is to attend to everyone’s safety. Once everyone’s safety is confirmed, the process of insurance negotiations and collision-repair planning can begin. Fortunately, if you go to a skilled auto body repair shop like Michael J’s Body Shop, the damage done to your car can be quickly reversed.

Here are a few basic steps to take if you are involved in a collision:

Safely Exchange Information

If you are in a collision with another car, and the accident is relatively minor, carefully move your cars off the road to avoid another accident. Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, and license and car ownership information.

Document The Collision

Take photos of the scene of the accident that show all of the damage that was done, and jot down notes that detail what happened in the collision in as much detail as possible. Ask any witnesses for contact information, as they can help your case if there is a dispute.

File a Report and Claim

Avoid settling repair costs personally with the other driver, even if the needed repairs seem minor. Sometimes damage is not visible, and the other driver may not be willing to pay a bill that is higher than they expected. Know the amount of coverage you can get from your insurance, and file a claim as soon as possible.

Leave Repairs to the Experts

Only hire an experienced body shop to take care of your collision repairs. Select an auto body shop that can expertly handle any repair, from frame straightening and alignments, to matching a paint color for spot touchups.

If you’ve been involved in a collision, then call Michael J’s Body Shop at (408) 279-2070 for the best collision repair services in the San Jose area. From minor fender-bender damage to major collision repair, the experts at Michael J’s Body Shop can restore your car to its pre-collision condition. Visit us online today and learn how we can work with your insurance company for a convenient repair process. 

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