What to Do After a Minor Car Accident

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The first thing to do after a minor traffic accident is to stay calm and ascertain if there are any injuries. You’re expected to offer whatever assistance you can if someone is injured. Even if there aren’t injuries, it’s a good idea to call 911. An accident report may stop the other party from denying culpability, or shifting the blame. Do not apologize or explain your actions. This is called "admissions against interests," and it can be misconstrued or used against you later.

Make a report

If the police are too busy to respond, make a point of reporting the accident at a police station the next day. In any event, get the officer’s name and the service number of the report. If the accident is on corporate property, like a shopping mall parking lot, ask the security personnel to record the incident and give you the record number. The company can refuse to divulge the contents of the report, but you can subpoena that information if it’s really vital to your case.

Exchange insurance details

You should definitely swap insurance information. Write down the other driver’s name and address. You can ask to see his or her license to confirm the accuracy of the information. If the other driver asks to see your license, show it to him or her, but do not relinquish possession. It’s been known for people to purloin the license and try to use it as leverage. Write down the model and color of the car and, of course, its registration number.

Take some photos

Now that almost everyone has a camera on their phone, take pictures of the accident, and of any damage. If you see any strange evidence like bottles or cans, or drug paraphernalia, try to photograph that, too. Also bring it to the attention of the police, security personnel, or witnesses.

Get a witness

If any of the witnesses mentions anything that suggests the other party was in the wrong, ask them if you can get their names and contact information for your insurance company. You could record a brief statement from them, either in writing or on your phone. It all helps.

Tell your insurance provider

Notify your insurance company, and the insurance company of the other party, particularly if you’re sure the other party was to blame. You can file a claim at both companies, and make sure to get a claim number from both.


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Michael

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15 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz GL450 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Atlanta, Georgia
Micheal was punctual and friendly. Work was completed within promised time. Will definitely use again.
Volvo S80 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Roswell, Georgia
Michael was SUPER QUICK with doing my brake and rotors. Great communication throughout the whole process. Will always recommend

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19 years of experience
Toyota Sequoia - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Newport Beach, California
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13 years of experience
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Chuy
13 years of experience
Honda Civic - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Cicero, Illinois
Excellent work on doing the breaks for my car and the break and steering system flush I’ll definitely recommend and take into consideration for chuy’s work whenever I need a fix on my car

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Richard
16 years of experience
BMW 328i - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Dublin, California
Richard was an outstanding mechanic. After he arrived, the first thing he did after taking the initial pictures of the car is an assessment into what work was asked. He quickly verified that I did not need brake fluid and my front brakes even-though it affects his personal commitments and time, which I think is highly appreciate and thorough professional. He was detailed oriented - took time to make sure that all the issue are fixed. He paid attention to detail in overall car assessment- he goes above and beyond. He was also teaching me through the process which I found highly educational and appreciate him providing the information ensuring and making me comfortable what he was doing and explaining patiently all the questions that was thrown at him. When he works - you know he's highly skilled and experienced and knows his stuff. He is highly experienced. He is a "Master" mechanic in true sense :)

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