Accidents are no doubt a hassle. Tom Bush Collision Center can't prevent accidents but we are dedicated to ensure your experience through the repair process is as painless as possible. To ensure the process goes smoothly we have created a checklist to help you determine what to do next?
Get out of the line of danger
Before you start gathering information from the other driver after a
crash, it's important to get to safety as quickly as possible. If you
had a minor fender bender, you don't have to leave the cars where they
are. Often, the police will not come to file a report on a minor
accident. Safely move out of the way of traffic, but if you can't move
your car without causing further damage, don't try. Your insurance
company should be able to hire a tow truck to move it for you.
Call the police
Ask the police for a copy of the accident report. It may take up to a
couple of days before it is filed. The officer's opinion of the accident
will be useful if the drivers have a dispute about who was to blame.
The police report will also have the officer's information on it in case
the officer is needed to testify.
Perform an on-the-spot health assessment of everyone involved
Think about your safety and those around you before thinking about insurance. If someone is injured, call 911.Stay calm because being in a car accident is scary but getting upset will make things worse.
Document the scene by taking pictures with your phone
Notate damage to your vehicle, where the accident took place and anyone who is injured.
Exchange insurance information with the other driver
After an accident, you should speak to the other driver only to get his
or her information and to make sure the driver is OK. Don't admit fault
or say "I'm sorry" during your conversation, as it could be used against
you in future proceedings.
File Your Claim
Call your insurance company immediately after a
crash to start processing your claim; your insurance company's phone
number is likely staffed 24/7. You will likely be contacted by your
claims representative within 24 hours to discuss your claim.
As an industry leader with a state of the art facility we are able to repair your vehicle quick and right the first time.