Meeting with an accident on the road, however small it may be, can be an unnerving experience. Especially if you are the only person in the car, dealing with the accident can be a bit problematic. The fault may not be yours, but there can be damage caused to your vehicle as a result of the collision. At least, you can be thankful that yours or anyone else’s life was not endangered because of it. Here are a few things you can do in the unfortunate event of meeting with an accident and having to face the consequences on your own;
Rule Number One: Don’t Panic
If you meet with an accident, the first thing to do is remain calm. If you panic, then you will not be able to think clearly about what to do next or how to get help. So before you even step out of the car, take a moment to compose yourself. Accidents happen, and once it happens, you can’t undo it. You just have to face the facts and look at what can be done next. And don’t worry; help is always available. If it is a minor accident whether it be with a pedestrian or another motor vehicle, there are several ways to get things sorted out without much of a hassle. The important thing is that you stay unruffled and positive through it.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Once you have looked at the damage caused and spoken to the driver of the other vehicle, the next thing to do is to contact your vehicle insurance company and notify them about the accident. Request an examiner to arrive at the scene of the accident to evaluate the damage to your car, so that you can obtain your insurance claim. Make sure to always keep your insurance card with you so that you can provide your policy number and other details that would be required to report the accident and make a claim.
Start Thinking About Repairs
Once you have the insurance details figured out, you might want to start looking at repair options. Driving around in a car with dents and scratches is embarrassing, especially if you have to drive to work in it. So look for a quick way to fix any damages before you go on your way. Paint-less Dent Removal (PDR) is one such easy method of repairing dents created in motor vehicles, without damaging the vehicle’s original paint.
This means that you don’t have to pay extra at the body shop for a paint job on the dented area of the car. PDR is preferred by many car owners as opposed to traditional repairs don on car exteriors because it is a more cost-effective and less time-consuming way of fixing body damages.
Keep in Touch
Make sure that you take your mobile phone with you whenever you head out alone. Also, keep it charged or take the car charger with you. This way you can keep in touch with a family member or a friend and let them know your situation while keeping them posted on what is happening. If you need help, someone will be able to come to your assistance if you keep in touch with them.