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What to Do After a Car Accident

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What to Do After a Car Accident

How to Appropriately Respond to a Car Accident

To ensure the safety of yourself and others. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to stay calm and assess the situation. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. Even if there are no obvious injuries, it is important to seek medical attention to be checked out for any hidden injuries.

Ensure Safety First:

The immediate priority after an accident is safety. If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location, turn on hazard lights, and check for injuries among yourself, passengers, and others involved. Call 911 for medical assistance if necessary.

Notify Law Enforcement:

Contact law enforcement as soon as possible. It's crucial to report the accident to the police as they will create an official accident report, which can be valuable for insurance claims and legal purposes later on.

Exchange Information:

Exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties involved in the accident. Gather names, phone numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance details. It would be ideal to be polite and cooperative during this process. Also, make sure to get information from any witnesses as well.

Document the Accident:

Take photos and videos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, license plates, road conditions, and traffic signs. This visual evidence can be essential for insurance claims. Write down details such as where the accident took place, what the weather was like, etc.

Seek Medical Attention:

Even if you don't feel injured immediately, it's advisable to seek medical attention. Some injuries may not show symptoms right away, and a medical evaluation can help in documenting any injuries related to the accident.

Notify Your Insurance Company:

Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with all the necessary details, including the other driver's information and the accident report number.

Avoid Placing Fault:

While it's essential to cooperate with the authorities and share information, avoid admitting fault or making accusations towards anyone involved. Fault determination is often handled by the insurance companies and legal processes.

Contact an Attorney:

If the accident involves significant injuries or complex liability issues, consider consulting an attorney experienced in personal injury cases. They can provide guidance on your legal rights and potential claims.

Keep Records:

Maintain detailed records of all accident-related expenses, such as medical bills, repair costs, and any missed workdays due to injuries. This documentation will be crucial for insurance claims and potential lawsuits.

Follow Up with Insurance:

Stay in communication with your insurance company throughout the claims process. Cooperate with their investigations, provide requested documents promptly, and keep track of claim progress.

Additional Notes:

When you're using a body shop to get repairs to your vehicle, be aware that the insurance company can recommend a shop, but you are under no legal obligation to use its services. You have the legal right to choose the shop to do your repairs.

Also be aware that insurance companies sometimes try to dictate what type of parts are used in a vehicle's repair. They might insist that a shop not use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts, as they are more expensive.

What People Say About Us

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  • , 04/02/2024

    Very thankful for Steve and the guys at JM&H! My car's engine overheating warning came on all of a sudden when I was driving around on a Monday. I called JM&H and they were able to get me in last minute. Turns out my water pump took a dump and needed to be replaced. I had some other normal maintenance that was due, and they were able to do that while my car was in as well. All in all, they got me back on the road two days later with my car good as new. Some of the maintenance I was due for they said wasn't actually needed too after doing an inspection. Always thankful for honest mechanics that won't do something just because they can! Very happy with my service.

  • , 03/19/2024

    Definitely like coming to this shop I've been here a few times for both my vehicles for various maintenance issues already and they always do good work quickly and with a reasonable price

  • reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Clovis, CA
    , 03/12/2024

    Great shop, fair prices, professional, honest staff. They're the only mechanics I trust and would highly recommend them for any automotive needs large or small.

  • reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Clovis, CA
    , 01/06/2021

    Always good prices and good work and polite. Thanks

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    , 10/20/2020

    Steve helped us, he was very honest, found the electrical issue with my vehicle right of way, fixed the problem and did not overcharge. His prices are fair and he does a great job. I would recommend Steve to all my family and friends because I know he is fair and honest and experienced at his mechanical work.

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    , 07/18/2020

    Amazing service and high quality results. The only place in Fresno I found that was confident to work on my Saab.

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