Getting into a car accident is not a pleasant experience even if the result is only a fender-bender. An auto accident means that your plans are set back for the day and you’ll have to deal with a number of issues which may include the following;
- Damage to your vehicle
- Issues of liability
- Traffic citations
- Repairing your vehicle
- Potential injuries and more
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 there were over 2.24 million accidents that involved some form of injury. It is rare for any driver to not be involved in an accident over the course of their lifetime, so here are some things that you should do or not do in case you are involved in a vehicular accident.
Do Not Leave the Scene
Even if the accident is a very minor one, you are required by law to stop, check if the other person is in need of any attention, exchange insurance information and report it to the law enforcement community. Otherwise, you have committed a crime which is normally a misdemeanor, but can become a felony if someone was injured or killed in the accident. So don’t leave the scene of any accident until you have completed your obligations under the law.
Again, even if the accident is a minor one, if there is any damage at all you should report it to law enforcement even if you have exchanged insurance information. Why? Because you don’t know if the other person’s insurance is even up to date or real, if the other driver has warrants for their arrest or if someone may indeed be in need of medical attention. Plus, the report of law enforcement is often required on any claim for damage, so call 911.
Yes, a car accident can be a very maddening thing, but that is no reason to let your temper get the best of you even if the accident was the fault of the other driver. Keep your cool, ask if they are alright, call 911 and get their insurance information. Remember that you will need to document what happened accurately, so keep you head.
Collect Insurance Information
Getting the other driver’s insurance information is a crucial part of following up with the accident report, especially if it is their fault. Remember to also get their name, address, make and model of the vehicle as well as take some photos of the crash scene as well. You are going to tell your side of the story several times, so have the evidence ready.
Remember to Follow Up
The faster you register your claim with the insurance agency, the faster they will process it. Plus, you’ll want to know about any options you have such as car rentals while your vehicle is being repaired. If there were any injuries, you’ll want to take care of that as well. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get due compensation for what happened.
Aftermarket Car Parts
After the accident, you may want to consider using aftermarket auto parts or car accessories to fix your vehicle. You can use carbon fiber parts for new bumpers, grille, hood, trunk, lip, spoilers, side covers, panel, protectors and even custom modifications or mods. If your vehicle needs new parts, then carbon fibre is the way to go.