You’ve Been in a Collision – Now What?
“A” is for accident, and unfortunately, you were just involved in one. What now? Actually, the best time to prepare for responding to a car crash is now, before it occurs. Learn the ABS’s of collision repair, committing them to your memory so that the steps you need to follow are second nature when the unexpected happens. Once you enter the repair phase, rely on the I-CAR Gold Class Showtime Collision in Running Springs, California. In business for more than 30 years, we pride ourselves on great customer service and maintaining a state-of-the-art facility. Our technicians stay current, training with I-CAR Platinum courses annually.
“A” is for Are You Sure Everyone is Okay and Get the Help They Need
Immediately following the incident, be sure everyone is okay. If a driver, passenger, or bystander is injured, be sure to let the 9-1-1 dispatcher know so that he/she alerts medical responders as well as law enforcement. (We won’t advise you on rendering aid yourself. That’s your personal decision. If you do, you’re generally legally protected by Good Samaritan laws.) Also, assess the safety of your location. Neither you nor your passengers should sit or stand close to traffic if you’re able to “walk away” from a minor fender bender. Approaching vehicles could crash into the initial accident, causing catastrophic injuries to individuals waiting for law enforcement.
“B” is for Be Cooperative and Be Sure to Collect
After ensuring your personal safety (and that of others, if applicable), begin collecting information and evidence (within safe and legal bounds.) This includes taking plenty of pictures of the scene if possible. Make sure you photograph all the autos involved. Additionally, record the names and contact information of witnesses. This is particularly important if a witness is leaving the scene before an officer arrives. When law enforcement reaches the site, cooperate. Listen for directives and follow them. He/She may ask you to move your car, and you’ll certainly be asked questions about the events surrounding the incident. Give honest answers, but don’t make up responses if you don’t know what’s being asked. It’s okay to say you’re not sure about something you’re asked.
“C” is for Collision Repair
In the days following the crash, assemble your pictures, accident report (obtained from the law enforcement agency office or online at a later time), etc. Report the incident to your insurance carrier and the other party’s company, sharing relevant or requested information. Finally, enter the collision repair phase. Showtime Collision can return your auto to prime condition, ensuring that it looks great and operates safely. To make the process easier for you, we’ll work directly with either your insurance company or you.