Car accidents are scary. No matter when, how, or why, it’s impossible to truly be ready for an accident. At Eustis Body Shop, we care about your safety first and foremost. Once you have made sure to properly assess the wellness of you and everyone in your car, follow these steps to ensure everything after the accident is as smooth as possible.
Call the police
Whether you get a minor fender bender or major car accident, calling the police is important. In many cases, it is legally required. Questions about liability will often reference the police report on file.
Take photos and survey the scene
One of the most important things to remember, when you are in a car accident is that more information is better. Making sure you can get as much relevant information will help make the insurance process much smoother. Take pictures of the accident before anyone moves, if possible. Having a detailed record of the specific damage will allow insurance companies to properly assess the details of the accident. Get the names of the people involved, as well as the officer at the scene. You might even want to talk to any witnesses as well. The last thing you want is to be the only one without any record of the accident.
Trying to track down the other parties in an accident is a frustrating process that often takes time and endless phone calls to get what you need. Getting all of the information you need from all involved parties, however, will save you from all of this hassle. Follow this checklist for all the information you need:
- Full name and contact
- Insurance company and policy number
- Drivers license and plate number
- Make, model and color of car
- Location of the accident
Knowing all of these specifics will help make the insurance process smooth and as painless as possible.
Notify your insurance carrier
To get the most fair outcome, be sure to notify your insurance carrier. The more up-front and timely you are, the better. Even calling them at the scene might help you to not miss anything important.
It’s ok. Accidents happen. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed and lost at the scene. These things are traumatic and that’s why we are here to help. Hopefully this guide will help you better know what to do in a car accident and we’ll be there for what comes after. At Eustis, we’ll be there with 24/7 towing, a free loaner vehicle and the best auto body repair that Nebraska has to offer. Call one of our locations near you or send us a message and we will get you back out there as soon as possible.