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Auto Body Repair after a Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident, it’s important to act quickly to be sure that the proper steps are followed. At Birchmount Collison, we also offer full mechanical repairs for all makes and models. We look forward to helping you, contact us today to schedule your free estimate.

We recommend keeping the following in your vehicle in case of an accident:

  • A pen
  • A piece of paper
  • A card with relevant medical information for you and your family
  • Insurance pink slip

What to Do After an Auto Accident

  • Stay as calm as possible
  • Check for injuries, life and health are more important than vehicle damage
  • For minor accidents with no serious injuries, move cars to a safe place away from moving traffic
  • Turn on hazard lights, if necessary use cones, triangles or flares for safety
  • Note specific damages to all vehicles involved
  • Record names addresses, license numbers of persons involved in the accident.
  • Get descriptions of other vehicles involved
  • Contact police, even if the accident is minor
  • Record names and address of witnesses. Obtaining witnesses can provide a neutral view of how the accident happened
  • Notify your insurance agent immediately
  • Don't sign any document unless it is for the police
  • Make immediate notes about the accident including the specific damages to all vehicles involved. If the name on the auto registration or insurance policy is different from the name of the driver, establish the relationship and jot it down. Get witness information, if possible, as well
  • Be polite, but don't tell the other drivers or the police that the accident was your fault, even if you think it was. Likewise, do not accuse the other drivers of being at fault at this time. Everyone is usually shaken up immediately after an accident and it is wise to state only the facts. Limit your discussion of the accident to the insurance agent and the police. Even if the facts are embarrassing or detrimental to you, be truthful
  • Obtain the insurance carrier information from the other vehicles involved in the accident
  • If you have a camera handy, and it is safe to do so, it may be helpful to photograph the accident scene
  • If possible, do not leave the accident scene before the police officers and other drivers do
  • Finally, remember that while getting the facts is very important, investigating the accident should be left to the police officers and the insurance companies


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