What to Do After a Car Accident

Driver Making Phone Call After Accident

 

It doesn’t matter whether they’re major, or minor, because car accidents can be extremely jarring and traumatic for everyone. However, knowing what to do after a car accident is important, as it can help you make the events less upsetting in the long run. When you’re shaken up, it can be hard, or downright difficult, to think about what to do next, or who to call.

That’s where the team at Hendrick Cadillac Cary comes into play, as we’re ready to help out whenever possible, such as providing this handy guide on how to file a car insurance claim, what to do after a car accident, and more. If you ever have any questions about the process, you can contact us, and we’ll answer them.

What to Do After a Car Accident Checklist

Minor Accidents

Some examples of minor car accidents include a fender-bender at an intersection or someone backing into your car in a parking lot in Apex. Here’s what you should do after a minor car accident:

  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 Accidents

Major accidents differ from minor accidents in that they result in serious injuries or even possibly fatalities. The steps to take following a major accident are a bit different:

  • 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.

How to File a Car Accident Insurance Claim

Filing an insurance claim should be relatively straightforward. While the process may differ slightly depending on your provider and coverage, learning how to file a car insurance claim is mostly universal. When you file a claim with your insurance provider, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Your insurance policy number
  • Detailed description of how the accident occurred
  • Date, time, and location of the accident
  • All the collected contact and insurance information from other involved parties
  • Name of the police department involved, as well as the police report number (if applicable)

From here, you’ll have your vehicle evaluated by an insurance adjuster who will help you estimate the cost of your repairs, coverage, and more. If the photos and police report are not sufficient, you may have to plan a meeting to have your vehicle inspected in person.

Let Our Service Center Get You Back on the Road Today

When the time comes to get back on the road to Durham or Morrisville after your accident, we hope that you’ll trust the service center at Hendrick Cadillac Cary. From body damage to routine maintenance, we’ll have you back up and running in no time. You can schedule service online to take advantage of our factory-certified repairs and maintenance without worry!

More from Hendrick Cadillac Cary

  • 2022 Cadillac XT5 Dimensions

      The affordable price of the 2022 Cadillac XT5 makes it an excellent SUV for growing families on a budget. But, before you bring a new XT5 home to Morrisville, you will likely need to know more about the Cadillac XT5 dimensions. Is the interior Cadillac XT5 space roomy enough to accommodate all your people…

  • 2022 Cadillac XT4 Towing Capacity

    The new Cadillac XT4 at Hendrick Cadillac Cary promises impressive capabilities in a conveniently sized package. Despite its compact status, the 2022 XT4 has surprisingly strong towing figures! How much can a Cadillac XT4 tow? At maximum, the 2022 Cadillac XT4 towing capacity can handle up to 2,500 pounds of weight. Learn more about the Cadillac XT4…

  • Meet the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series

    Morrisville drivers were first introduced to superior Cadillac V-Series engineering in the heated CT4-V and CT5-V sedans. Now, Cadillac continues to push the limits of road performance with the introduction of the first-ever Cadillac Escalade-V. Highlights for the Escalade V-Series include 682 hp, 653 lb-ft of torque, and the ability to sprint from 0–60 mph…

Hendrick Vehicle Disclaimer
$749.00 Dealer Administrative Fee not included in advertised price.

All prices exclude all taxes, tag, title, registration fees and government fees. Out of state buyers are responsible for all taxes and government fees and title/registration fees in the state where the vehicle will be registered. All prices include all manufacturer to dealer incentives, which the dealer retains unless otherwise specifically provided. Dealer not responsible for errors and omissions; all offers subject to change without notice; please confirm listings with dealer.

All vehicles may not be physically located at this dealership but may be available for delivery through this location. Transportation charges may apply. Please contact the dealership for more specific information. All vehicles are subject to prior sale.

 

Additional Disclaimers:


*3.9% APR for 48 months for well-qualified buyers when financed w/Cadillac Financial. Monthly payment is $22.53 for every $1000 you finance. Average down payment varies by model. Some customers will not qualify. Take new retail delivery by 07-01-2024. Savings includes $500 purchase allowance and $1,000 for well-qualified buyers when financed with Cadillac financial. See dealer for details.

Connect With Us

Get Directions

115 Team Hendrick Way, Cary, NC, 27511
Hendrick Cadillac Cary 35.74011, -78.81677.