What to Do if You Are Involved in a Car Accident

Auto accident involving two cars

Major or minor, a first-time ordeal or a 20th unfortunate roadway collision, a car accident can be scary and disorienting. As difficult as it may be to stay engaged following an accident, it is important to remember the circumstances surrounding the accident and to alert the proper authorities and other parties as soon as possible. The next time you are involved in a car accident, ensure that the aftermath goes as smoothly as possible by taking the following steps.

Put Safety First

Contacting the authorities is the first thing you should do following a car accident. If you or anyone else involved in the accident appears to be injured, let the police know and make any other necessary calls to ensure that all injured parties get the medical attention they need as quickly as possible. Also, be sure that everyone is out of the way of traffic.

Collect Necessary Information

Once you have ensured that help is on its way for any injured parties who need it, ask for and record information pertaining to the other driver. The driver’s name, vehicle make and model, license plate number, and insurance information may all prove vital as you deal with your insurance company and visit a collision repair center in the coming weeks.

Call Your Insurance Company

After procuring this information, jot down all details you remember concerning the accident while they are still relatively fresh in your mind. Call your insurance company as soon as you have the chance, and repeat these details to the representative with whom you speak.

Contact a Reputable Collision Repair Center

Once an accident report has been filed and you have communicated with an insurance agent, drive your car to a collision repair center or arrange to have it towed. The auto body repair experts at the shop should be able to assess the damage, give you an estimate, and restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition.

At Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose, we seek to help our clients put their accidents behind them as quickly and smoothly as possible. If you have recently been involved in a car accident and are looking for a collision repair expert to return your car to its pre-accident state, we have the tools and expertise to do that for you. To learn more about our auto body services or schedule an appointment, call (408) 279-2070.

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