Fender Bender T0-Do's

Hi All—Rico here!

The sun is out....and school is almost out too! That means, road trip season!

This tends to be the time of year that many singles, couples and families embark on annual road trips or spur-of-the-moment getaways to enjoy this great weather and scenery we're having. 

With so many more cars on the road, it does increase the likelihood of experiencing a fender bender. If you happen to get into an accident, do your best to remember these few things and you're sure to get through that difficult time.

Check and make sure everyone is okay. This is the very first thing to attend to! Do you need medical attention? Does anyone else involved in the accident require medical attention? Are there pets involved that might need medical attention? Pay attention to these things first and make sure your immediate physical needs are covered.

Do you need to have the authorities involved? Decide if this accident requires the police to be involved. If you’re not sure, air on the side of caution and call for assistance.

Take photos or videos of the car(s) or items involved. Be sure to take photos of anything affected in the accident before moving your vehicle or anything involved. These can be helpful on a variety of fronts, especially for insurance companies to review and process claims.

Exchange insurance information. If the accident involved another vehicle, exchange insurance and contact information with the other party. Even if it seems like you might not need it, it never hurts to have it for the “just in case”.

Does your car need towing? If your car requires towing, have it towed to a shop that you trust. Rico’s Auto Shop is an expert in dealing with accidents and coordinating all insurance requirements on your behalf and can help to make a very stressful situation for you much easier!

File a claim with your insurance company. Contact your insurance company to file a claim and have a record of the accident on file. This will also start the process of the insurance company evaluating who is at fault, how the claim will be processed, and ultimately work to coordinate the repair of your vehicle.

Keeping a little cheat sheet in the car with these reminders can be very helpful. When you find yourself in a stressful situation it’s normal to overlook or forget important steps.

Once your vehicle is in the shop, we'll take care of working with the insurance company so you and your car can back on the road as quickly and as smoothly as possible.