Next to fall, summertime is without a doubt the most enjoyable time of year for taking a drive. Whether you’re listening to your favorite podcast on the commute to work or traveling down the highway on the great American road trip, sunshine and warm weather makes it better. But unfortunately, even on sunny days, accidents can happen.

 

No one wants to get into an auto collision. But knowing how to handle them can make the experience much less stressful and help your life get back to normal much sooner.

 

In this post from Suburban Auto Body’s accident repair team, we’re sharing a comprehensive checklist for what to do after a car accident. When you need auto body and collision repair, call our Twin Cities specialists to get back on the road faster.

1.   Before the Accident

●        Print a copy of this checklist and keep it in your glovebox.

●        Save the number for Suburban Auto Body in your phone’s contacts.

●        Add your insurance agent to your phone’s contacts.

 

2.   Safety First

●        Do not leave the scene of the accident under any circumstances.

●        If your vehicle can be safely moved, get it out of the roadway. Let the other driver know where you’re going and then park your vehicle in a safe location to handle the information exchange.

●        Call 911 if any vehicles or debris are blocking the roadway.

●        If anyone is seriously injured, call 911.

 

3.   Remain Calm

●        Road rage is a very real concern. Don’t escalate the situation when your emotions are running high.

●        Try to remain empathetic to the other driver.

●        Avoid making statements that admit your fault if possible.

 

4.   Exchange Information

●        Speak with the other driver. Get the other driver’s contact information including their phone number and email address.

●        Write down the other driver’s license plate number and car make, model, and year.

●        Take a picture of the other driver’s insurance information and write the information down.

 

5.   Take Photos

●        Use your phone to take pictures of the accident scene immediately following the accident.

●        Take plenty of pictures of both vehicles. This includes damaged areas and non-damaged areas. This protects you against any claims by the other party that may not be due to the accident.

 

6.   Get Additional Information

●        If any witnesses are present, write down their contact information.

●        If a law enforcement officer is present, write down his or her badge number and name. Additionally, find out how you can obtain a copy of the police report.

●        Write down the details of the accident as it occurred while it’s fresh in your mind’s eye.

●        Draw a diagram of the street and the accident as you believe it occurred.

 

7.   Repair Process

●        Call your insurance agent as soon as possible to report the details of the accident.

●        Contact our Suburban EZ program to get key-to-key service and start the repair process.

 

To connect with our collision repair team, give us a call at 651-633-8900 or connect with us online to get a free car accident repair quote. We’ll get you back on the road faster!