Introduction

Do you know what to do after a car accident?  (or vehicle collision as we should call it) When your vehicle is in a collision, it can be hard to tell if the accident was your fault or not. In addition, you may have questions about what to do immediately, who will pay for the repairs, and how much will it all cost. Read on for some guidance on what to do.

Make sure everyone is safe after car accident.

It’s essential to make sure everyone involved in the accident is safe, and there’s no further danger to you or anyone else. If you can, switch off all engines, address any fires and cordon off the road. Get bystanders to help if you can. If you need a first aid kit or want to help someone who has been injured, call the emergency services immediately and wait for them to arrive. The call advisor on the 999 services will advise you on what to do.

Call the police if required.

If anyone is injured, it is crucial to call the police to get their incident report. Then, the police will attempt to clarify who is at fault and make the area safe. The police would also get the necessary services to help further.

Taking a picture of accident for evidence

Get pictures and videos of the scene.

After you have called the police, and if safe to do so, gather evidence such as photos or videos of the incident so that you can give it to the insurance company.  Having a dash camera is a big help at this point so do think about getting one.  Here are some reviews by ‘which‘. 

It’s important to remember that you should never admit fault after a collision. Even if you think the accident was your fault, it’s best to wait until the police have completed an incident report. Don’t argue if the other driver tries to convince you that the accident was your fault. Just tell them you’ll talk to the police and your insurance company about it.

Gather information about the car accident

You should get as much information as possible from the person involved, including name, contact details, and insurance company details. This will help when filing a claim. The other driver in the collision may not tell you what happened when talking to you. They might be shaken up, incapacitated in some way. Still, they might also just be trying to avoid responsibility or blame. You can talk to them about it calmly and kindly, asking them what they remember. If they don’t want to answer questions for some reason, remain calm and make a note that they did not want to answer questions.

If there are any witnesses to the accident, you should gather their information. Doing this could help clarify what happened during the collision. You should get their name, contact information, and a brief description of what they saw.

 

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File an insurance claim

You should ring your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. This will help to speed up the process of getting your car repaired and allow them to advise you further. You should have your policy number and contact details ready when you call if possible. The insurance company will ask for a description of the accident, so be prepared to give as much information as you can. They may also ask to see photos or videos of the collision if you have them.

If you cannot drive your vehicle, you will need to make arrangements to tow it to a reputable body shop. More on this coming up….

Take your car to a reputable accident repair centre.

You should take your car to a reputable repair centre. The insurance company may provide you with a list of approved body shops, BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE where the vehicle is repaired. If possible, take photos of the damage before any repairs are started.

When a car has been in a collision, it may not be possible to determine the severity of damage without taking a closer inspection. A high-quality body shop will take the time to examine the vehicle from all angles before making repairs and keep you informed. In addition, choosing a quality body shop will allow you to know which parts of the vehicle need repairing. Quality body shops will also make sure that they cover any gaps or other problems while they’re working on your vehicle.

If you’re not sure if a body shop is reputable, try to get some online reviews from people who have had their car repaired at that shop. You can also ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations.

Be patient!

The process of getting your car repaired after an accident can be long and frustrating. However, being patient and making good choices will help keep your costs down and ensure you don’t have to pay anything for the repairs. That’s the insurance companies job.

File an insurance claim

You should ring your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. This will help to speed up the process of getting your car repaired and allow them to advise you further. You should have your policy number and contact details ready when you call if possible. The insurance company will ask for a description of the accident, so be prepared to give as much information as you can. They may also ask to see photos or videos of the collision if you have them.

If you cannot drive your vehicle, you will need to make arrangements to tow it to a reputable body shop. More on this coming up….

Take your car to a reputable accident repair centre.

You should take your car to a reputable repair centre. The insurance company may provide you with a list of approved body shops, BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE where the vehicle is repaired. If possible, take photos of the damage before any repairs are started.

When a car has been in a collision, it may not be possible to determine the severity of damage without taking a closer inspection. A high-quality body shop will take the time to examine the vehicle from all angles before making repairs and keep you informed. In addition, choosing a quality body shop will allow you to know which parts of the vehicle need repairing. Quality body shops will also make sure that they cover any gaps or other problems while they’re working on your vehicle.

If you’re not sure if a body shop is reputable, try to get some online reviews from people who have had their car repaired at that shop. You can also ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations.

Be patient!

The process of getting your car repaired after an accident can be long and frustrating. However, being patient and making good choices will help keep your costs down and ensure you don’t have to pay anything for the repairs. That’s the insurance companies job.

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Bodiwork by Devey

When looking for a reputable and experienced vehicle accident repair centre, Bodiwork by Devey should be your first choice. We are a family run business providing quality car repairs and backed by Hilary Devey, formally of BBC’s dragon’s den. Our team of qualified technicians have the experience and expertise to get your car back on the road fast.

At Bodiwork by Devey, we understand that accidents can be stressful and expensive. That’s why we offer a wide range of services at affordable prices, including:

– Vehicle bodywork repairs

– Paint-less dent removal

– 4 Wheel alignment

– Wheel refurbishment

We also offer a free collection and delivery service (conditions apply), so you can relax while we take care of everything. So contact us today to find out more!

It is always best to take control and take your car to a reputable accident repair centre. This way, you can be confident that the repairs will be completed to a high standard and won’t cost more than necessary.

It’s important to know the insurance company’s process for choosing an accident repair centre. Suppose you don’t feel comfortable with their choice. In that case, it is your right as an insured individual and customer under the law (Consult Consumer Rights Act 2015) to take your vehicle somewhere else. This may not apply if a specific clause in your contract requires that you use a particular accident repair centre. Good news, most companies do not have this.  

If you would like to know more, give us a call, and we will be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.

Conclusion

Bodywork repair centres can be expensive and time-consuming, so at Bodiwork by Devey we strive to make the process as fast and hassle-free as possible. We hope this blog post has helped with some of the steps after a vehicle collision so you can get back on the road in no time with minimal stress!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or get a quote for your car repairs.

For more information on our services, visit www.bodiworkbydevey.co.uk

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