What to Do After an Auto Accident: Safety, Information, and Repairs

Upset woman standing in front of crashed car with mechanic fixing it.

Car accidents can be disorienting, but there are a few key things you should remember, including the moments after the collision to insurance and repairs down the road. While safety is always a priority, it’s also important to collect all the necessary information and follow basic tips for what to do after an auto accident.

Step 1: Move Your Vehicle

According to State Farm, the first thing to do is move your vehicle out of traffic to a safe place (if the accident was minor). Use cones, triangles, and flares for added safety, and turn off your vehicle after an accident.

Step 2: Check, Call, and Collect

Next, check for injuries on you, passengers, and people in the other vehicle(s). When in doubt, call an ambulance. You’ll also need to call the police at this point, even if it’s a minor accident. A police report is often a key part of the insurance claim process. So, while the other driver might not want to get the police involved, you should always call after a collision.

It’s also important that you collect information at this point. Get the other driver’s name, license plate number, license number, insurance company and policy number, and the description of their vehicle. Take pictures of the scene and the locations around you, and be sure to get any eyewitness names and contact information. Never admit an accident was your fault; let the police decide.

Step 3: File a Claim and Visit
the LaSorsa Chevy Buick Collision Center

Finally, file a claim and visit the LaSorsa Chevy Buick Collision Center. We offer affordable, timely, and high-quality repairs, helping you to get back on the road after an accident.

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