Your post-Car Accident To-Do List

A woman stands in front of a car that has collided with another car

No one wants to get in a car accident, but unfortunately, this is something that happens hundreds of times each day all over the country. Many of these are relatively minor fender-benders, but others will require extensive repair work.

The first and most pressing issue is, of course, your health and the health of your passengers. If you are able to walk away from the accident relatively unscathed, it’s time to start thinking of what you have to do next. Here are a few of the steps you should take:

Collision Repair

One of the first decisions you have to make after an accident is whether your vehicle can be salvaged or if it’s totaled. If you’re going to have it repaired, you should find a collision shop you trust and get an estimate for how much the work is going to cost. Make sure to also get a timetable for when the repairs will be completed.

Insurance Claim

Car insurance is one of those things you likely don’t think much about until you need it. When you get in an accident, your insurance should cover a certain amount of the cost of the repair. Of course, the question of who was at fault in the accident will also be relevant here. It’s important to get on the phone with a representative from your insurance company as soon as you possibly can after an accident.

Alternate Transportation

If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t have a second car you can use in the event of an accident. You’re still going to have to get around, however, while your vehicle is being repaired. Perhaps you have a spouse, child, or friend that can get you places. Or maybe your city has good public transportation you can utilize. If not, you’re likely going to have to rent a car for a little while.

If you have the misfortune of getting in an accident and are in need of collision work in Staten Island or Matawan, NJ, A&B Collision is the place to call. We offer car rental and shuttle services and can help with your insurance claim. We’ve been in business for more than 75 years because of our excellent work and customer service. Contact us at one of our three locations today for a free estimate.