With summer nearly in full swing, people are getting out, and driving more. But, with more drivers on the road comes a higher risk of accidents. Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a more serious collision, accidents can be scary and overwhelming. That’s why we want you to be prepared. So you can make sure everyone stays safe and protected. So slowly and cautiously…let’s go!

Safety First

First and foremost, the safety of everyone involved should be your top priority. If anyone is injured, call for emergency medical assistance right away. If possible, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic to avoid further accidents or even other injuries. Turn on your hazard lights and use flares or cones to mark the area if you have them.

Get Some Info

Next, exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Get their name, contact information, insurance company, and policy number, as well as their vehicle, make, model, and license plate number. If there are any witnesses, get their contact information as well.

Take Photos

If your vehicle is drivable, take photos of the damage and the scene of the accident, including any skid marks or debris on the road. This can help you and your insurance company assess the damage and determine fault. If the accident is more serious and the police are called, make sure to obtain the name and badge number of the responding officers.

Insurance Report

Once you have exchanged information and documented the scene of the accident, contact your insurance company to report the incident. They will guide you through the claims process and help you understand what information you need to provide.

Be Ready

Not only is it important to know what to do after an accident, but being prepared before an accident can help you remain calm and collected. Follow these steps to keep yourself ready in the event of a collision: 

  • Make sure you have a copy of your insurance card and your registration in your vehicle at all times.
  • Whether you’re in an accident or not, it’s not a bad idea to keep a pen and paper in your vehicle. If you don’t have anything available a notepad app on your phone can help you take notes and exchange information. 
  • Review your insurance policy and understand what is covered and what is not. Make sure you have enough coverage to protect yourself in case of an accident. If you’re not sure about your coverage, contact your insurance agent or company to review your policy and discuss any changes you may need to make.

Dealing with an accident can be chaotic and stressful. But knowing what to do in case of an accident can help you stay safe and can protect your rights. And while we hope you never have to deal with an accident, Eustis Body Shop is here to help. With over four decades of experience in collision repair, we’ll help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. Have questions or need a quote? Get in touch!