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Car Accident Insurance Claim: What To Do After a Car Accident?

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Getting into a car accident can be a very trying and unnerving situation for many Griffin drivers. The fact that you’re in a car crash and the initial feelings can complicate the situation to a worse degree. Many drivers even forget what to do after a car accident, which can leave them at a disadvantage.

This is why learning how to file a car insurance claim is important for drivers to know. Use this guide brought to you by the specialists at our Mcdonough dealership to learn more about a car accident insurance claim. You can contact us today or visit our Forsyth-area dealership for in-person service on this matter! Also, browse our selection of new and used cars and we can go over these matters together!

Things To Do After You’ve Gotten Into a Car Accident

Whether you’ve gotten into a minor or major car crash, there are some things you have to do promptly before you do anything else. The steps below can help you greatly when you’ve gotten into a car crash:

Minor Car Crashes

  1. First and foremost, check to see if you or your passengers need medical attention. If so, call an ambulance right away.
  2. If you’re in stable condition, pull your vehicle over to a safe spot. You don’t want to stray too far from the scene of the accident, but you also don’t want to block traffic.
  3. Call the police. Even if the other driver suggests that you don’t need the police for a minor accident, you should still call. It’s best to have an official report documented, and your insurance company may require it. 
  4. Exchange contact information. Exchange phone numbers, email addresses, and the insurance policy information of the other driver(s) involved. It’s also important to get a photo of everyone’s driver’s licenses, license plate numbers, and insurance cards. If there were any witnesses to the accident, you should also ask for their contact information.
  5. Document your vehicle’s damage. Take detailed photos of the damage to both your vehicle and the other vehicle or vehicles involved. If possible, you should also get a photo of the accident scene.
  6. Call your insurance provider. The sooner you tell them the details of the accident, the sooner the claims process can begin.

Major Car Crashes

  • Call 911 right away. If you’re seriously injured, you should alert emergency personnel or have someone call on your behalf immediately. The police should come along with an ambulance to assess the scene and damage. If you need immediate medical attention and cannot document important information on your own, the police will likely have considered this. However, it’s always important to follow up to ensure you have all the information you need.
  • Contact your insurance provider. Even if someone already filed the claim on your behalf while you were receiving medical attention, you should follow up with your insurance provider. You’ll need to give them more information about the accident to ensure everyone is properly compensated.
  • Follow up with your physician. If you’re still feeling any pain after the accident and after being treated by emergency personnel, you should visit your regular physician for additional help.

Learn How To File a Car Insurance Claim with Bellamy Strickland Chevrolet Buick GMC 

If you want to know what to do after a car accident before it happens, contact the specialists at Bellamy Strickland Chevrolet Buick GMC near Hampton, for in-person service today. Don’t leave a car crash up in the air. Know what to do with us!

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