3rd Kind Customz   14522 Auto Park Way C Houston,TX77083   (281) 495-1352
3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

Important Steps to Take if You’re in a Car Accident

Important Steps to Take if You’re in a Car Accident

When you’ve been in an accident, you’re frazzled. Your head likely doesn’t feel like it is screwed on straight. You never expected to be in an accident, but here you are. We know it can be difficult to know what to do in these situations, especially if it's your first time. So we've put together a list of important steps that you need to take when you’ve been in a car accident.

Stay Calm, Assess Your Injuries and Move Your Vehicle

It can be hard, but it is important to try to remain calm after being involved in an accident. This will help you stay in control. You should then make sure yourself and your passengers are OK. You also should check on the individuals from the other car as well.

Once you have been assured that everyone is OK, move your vehicle off the roadway, if you can. Only move the vehicle if it could pose a hazard if it remains where it is. Otherwise, keep your vehicle where it ended up after being hit and move yourself and your passengers to safety. Make sure to set flares and/or activate your hazard lights on your vehicle to notify other drivers of the incident.

Call 911 and Your Insurer

After you have been able to move your vehicle, assess your injuries, and check on your passengers and other individuals involved, you need to call 911. The accident needs to be reported to the appropriate authorities and medical assistance needs to get to the scene as soon as possible for anyone who requires treatment or transportation to the hospital.

If you are able to, take pictures of the accident scene from various angles.

In addition to 911, you also need to make a phone call to your car insurance insurer. Let them know what happened and see if there is anything in particular that they need to process your claim.

Document the Accident and Exchange Information

As a general rule, you will need to make sure that you get a copy of the accident report from the officer at the scene. Make sure to also write the officer’s name and badge number down for future use. If you are able to, take photos of the scene from various angles. Make sure to include all the damage on your vehicle as well as the damage to the other vehicle.

Take names and phone numbers of the other parties involved in the accident (drivers and passengers) as well as any willing witnesses who may be able to testify to what happened, if necessary. You’ll need to exchange information with the other driver. This should include your name, contact information, the name of your insurer and your policy number.

Call a Local Auto Body Shop

You should also phone a local auto body shop for your vehicle to undergo any necessary repairs. Most insurers will allow you to choose your own, and 3rd Kind Customz is able to work with all insurance companies.

In fact, we are the auto body shop of choice for a large portion of the Houston community, including the police, thanks to our high quality, quick work. Contact 3rd Kind Customz to obtain a free estimate for the repair of your vehicle after an accident. Right now, we are offering 25 percent off any body work. 

Have more questions? Call us!