Actions You Need to Take After an Accident

Car Accident

Getting into a car accident in Southern California can be a little intimating. Most of us know what to do when we get into an accident, but it is easy to forget what you know when the actual time comes. If you live in Los Angeles County, here are some tips to keep in mind about what you need to do after an accident occurs.

Move to a Safe Area

Most of us assume that once an accident happens you want to leave your cars where they are until police arrive. This used to be the case, but now police and insurance companies alike recommend moving your vehicle to the side of the road. However, keep in mind that moving vehicles is only done if the accident is considered minor, no serious injuries occurred and the car can be safely moved out of the way. If the car cannot be moved or people are seriously injured, it is best to turn on your hazards and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

Put Your Car in Park

Once you are sure your vehicle has stopped moving you need to put it in park and shut off the ignition. You should also set the parking brake in manuals. Once your car is turned off, take a few minutes to collect yourself, being involved in an accident can be frightening. Once you have calmed down look around you to see if it is safe to exit your vehicle. If you do exit your vehicle, use road safety items such as flares or triangles to alert other drivers to the hazard. Check on the other parties involved in the accident. If injuries are present be sure to call 911 right away.

Call Police

Police will not always be able to come out to the scene, but if you can get them there, it is beneficial. Having a police report is helpful when dealing with insurance companies and other drivers. When dealing with the police you never want to admit fault or blame the other party, just provide them with the details as you know them and let the police determine who was at fault.

Gather Information

You want to record as many details as possible about the accident for use later on. Information you need to obtain include names of parties involved, license plate numbers, insurance information, make and model of all vehicles involved, location, name and badge number of responding officers, and witness information. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene to use during the claim process.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Now all you need to do is contact your insurance company to file a claim. You can call directly from the scene of the accident to begin your claim or you can wait until you are at home. Who you need to contact to file your claim will be found on your insurance card. 

Let the Experts Take Care of Your Vehicle

If you’ve been in an accident and your vehicle is in need of collision repair or cosmetic repair in Los Angeles County, take it to the experts at Class Auto Center in Long Beach, CA. As Southern California’s premier certified collisions center, we will make sure that your car, truck, or SUV is back to optimal condition. Contact us now for a quick estimate for auto repair services, or come down and visit our auto center today!

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