Accidents happen every few minutes in the US. With so many cars on the roadways, it's no wonder they happen so frequently. Though accidents range from minor fender benders to catastrophic collisions, what to expect following an accident is usually the same. What many motorists have in common is the confusion on what to do once they hit another car. Take a look at what you can expect after a collision.
Contact The Police
If you or someone on the scene is able to call the police, this should be done. It's essential to document the accident for insurance purposes or to determine who is at fault, or if there was an underlying reason it happened, such as a motorist driving under the influence.
Seek Medical Care
No matter how small or large the accident may be, you should always be checked out by a medical professional. A simple trip to the emergency room can determine any injuries that may be present and could play a role later in a claim for personal injury if the accident wasn't your fault.
If you have injuries, having them paid will be a priority, and insurance can be a tricky situation. Talking to an attorney following the accident can make a huge difference in whether or not you walk away from the accident with zero out of pocket costs or if you are responsible for injuries and any property damage.
The Road To Repair
Getting collision repair will be crucial to improving the look of your vehicle. Though the process for repairs are often more complex and take longer than just a couple hours, the first step is to talk to your auto insurance to find out if you are covered. Sometimes there will be a higher deductible if it was your fault, or your insurance won't cover if you are at-fault.
An insurance adjuster will likely come to your home or auto shop to determine the extent of the damages and how much it will cost to repair. This can make the difference between the insurance totaling out your vehicle or playing it for repairs. Often, if there is frame damage, the insurance company will total the vehicle, as it's safety will be compromised, and the cost of repairs is too expensive.
Repairs, including dent removal, panel replacements, windshield replacements, and more are just a few of the services your auto body shop might perform. Whether the vehicle needs to be towed in or can be driven in, they will give you an estimated time of repair, cost, and when you can pick it up.