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What To Do About A Car Accident

Nobody wants to be involved in an auto accident. However, accidents happen. In the event of an accident, you need to know what to do and the steps necessary to protect yourself and to ensure your vehicle is properly taken care of by insurance. At Silveira Auto Body, you’ll receive top of the line services from the collision center in Santa Rosa should you need a repair. In the event of an accident though, here’s what you need to do.

Immediately after the accident

After an accident, move your vehicle out of traffic if you can. At times, this might not be possible, but whenever possible, move the vehicle away from traffic. Now, make sure everyone inside your vehicle is safe, and then check on those in the other vehicle(s).

Contact the Police

If someone is seriously injured, contact 911. If there are no life-threatening injuries, call the police. You will need an accident report for your insurance provider. Never just accept payment from the other driver in exchange for letting them drive away. The damage to your vehicle may be far more extensive than it appears (bent frames often cost a substantial amount to fix but are not noticeable initially).

Document everything

Now that smartphones have built-in cameras, it is much easier to document the entire scene. There is no such thing as too many photographs. Take pictures of your vehicle and all the damage, then repeat the process with the other vehicle. If there are any skid marks on the road, damage to guide rails or anything else involved with your accident, take a picture. If a tree is covering a stop sign, take a picture of this as well. Document everything before you look for a collision center in Santa Rosa.

Contact insurance

Now, contact your insurance provider. You will need the police report information for your insurance provider as they will contact the police. Now drive, or have your vehicle towed, to the auto repair garage.

Hopefully, you are never forced to deal with an auto accident. However, if you are, make sure to follow these steps. After everything is taken care of on the scene, contact a collision center in Santa Rosa like Silveira Auto Body. From mild fender bender work to complete body overhauls, you will have access to services offered by trained, certified auto experts. Contact us for more information today.