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This is a very great question people are faced with when becoming in involved in an accident. No matter how big or small the impact was, there are similar steps to follow in any case. Since it is usually a person’s first time being in an accident when these questions arise, we are going to help you with a few things to do (and not do!) when you are first involved in a car accident. Let’s see what our Collision Center Experts say on this week’s Ask the Experts blog!

Car accidents are jarring, scary, unexpected, and sometimes result in injury. Let’s start with a few things you SHOULD do after an accident. Your number one priority should be to assess your physical health, and that of those around you, and call 911 if you discover an injured party. Another question people find themselves asking, if no one is hurt, is whether they need to call the police or not. There are some instances, if both parties are cooperative and there is minor damage that the police will not respond to the scene of a fender bender, however, when filing an insurance claim, it is always helpful if you have a copy of a police report. Make sure you report the accident and then let the officer decide if they need to respond or not. You can always go to a local station and file a report if they do not come.

If you can do so safely, make sure you move your vehicle to the side of the road for your own safety and the safety of the other motorists on the road. If it will be too dangerous, or if your vehicle is too damaged to drive, then leave it where it is, but make sure you are safely away from the road, to avoid further injury. Now you will need to exchange information. This is particularly easy when both parties are calm and respectful, so try to keep your wits about you. Always get the driver’s name, address, phone number, license plate number, and insurance information. Take as many photos as necessary with your smart phone, your insurance company may need these later for your claims.

Now that we have covered things TO do, here are a few things NOT to do in the event of an accident. Never, ever leave the scene of the accident without talking to the police and the other driver, as this could result in serious charges in most states. Never agree to work things out without involving the police, as this could lead to you being stuck with thousands of dollars in damages that you may not be at fault for. Finally, don’t refuse medical care. If you have just been in an accident, your adrenaline is probably rushing and you may not notice an injury right away. Always check with your doctor after you’ve been involved in an accident.

Once you’ve gathered your info and spoke with your auto insurance provider, the next step is to have your vehicle brought in to the Auto Body Repair Experts at Charles County Auto Body! We will take of you and your vehicle every step of the way. We will even work with your insurance provider to get you back on the road in no time! Contact us today for more info at 301.743.5404.