Feb 02 2018

What To Do In Case Of A Car Accident

A car accident never occurs in an orderly, expected manner. If you are in the unfortunate position of experiencing an accident, you may be thrown off due to shock, adrenaline or even physical injury, and unable to properly assess and respond to the situation. Should the expected occur, read on for the key steps to being prepared and responding to an auto accident.

Organize Important Items In The Glovebox

Even before you begin driving on the road, you should organize all your essential information items, such as vehicle registration, insurance contacts, emergency contacts, and emergency IDs in the glove compartment. Keep the items neatly packaged and easily accessible in case you need to find them in an emergency. Alternatively, you can save the pertinent details in your mobile device.

A vehicle safety kit can go the extra (but sometimes necessary) mile, too. A basic kit can include flashlights with extra batteries, first-aid kit, basic tools, snow scraper, and a disposable camera. It is also a good idea to prepare for extreme weather and road conditions If you live in an area where they can be an issue.

Check For Your Safety & Health First

As soon as the accident occurs, assess the situation and see if you can move yourself out of further harm’s way. You may still be at risk of experiencing another collision. If the accident is minor, move to the shoulder or out of traffic, as safely as you can. Place your car into park, turn off the engine, and turn on the hazard lights. Using lights and reflective materials are also useful in signaling other drivers if you are in a dark location.

If you are injured, or you see others involved with injuries, call 9-1-1. Seemingly minor symptoms like dizziness or slight soreness can be indicators of more serious health issues.

Record As Many Details Of The Accident Scene

Take photos and make notes that record the following information at the accident scene:

  • Date and time of accident
  • Location of the accident including street names, intersection details, landmarks
  • Details of the weather and road conditions
  • Name(s), contact information, and driver license numbers of any other involved parties
  • License plate number(s) and insurance details
  • Makes and models of vehicles involved
  • Names and contact information of witnesses
  • Name and badge number of any police officers on scene
  • Record your account of the accident

We recommend taking as many photos on scene as you can as they may be useful during the claims process and recalling details.

File An Insurance Claim

File a claim with your insurance provider as soon as possible to start the process. The contacts assigned to your claim can help guide you through the process of what to do next including repairing your vehicle, obtaining a replacement vehicle and completing the claim. Each accident situation can require different actions to be taken and processes to be followed.

Repairing Your Vehicle & Preparing For The Road

The team at Kirmac is dedicated to your safety, ensuring a quality repair in returning your vehicle to pre-accident condition, and providing service to help ease the stress of experiencing a vehicle accident. Kirmac Collision & Autoglass offers auto body and glass repair services at 18 shops in Vancouver and the B.C. Lower Mainland. See our full list of locations to find the most convenient option and visit us today!