Before you set out on your road trip, make sure that you (and your vehicle) are covered in case of an accident. If you are in an out-of-state collision, here are some helpful tips to get you back home safe and sound.
- First, check for injuries. Making sure you and your passengers are not seriously injured. If someone has injured their head, try not to move them.
- After assessing for injuries, call 911 and report that there has been an accident and where you are located.
- While you are waiting for the first responders, assess your vehicle’s damage. Take photos of everything you notice in case you will need them later. Also take pictures of the other person’s vehicle so they can’t say previous damage was due to the accident.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other party.
- After talking to the other party and police, you should contact your insurance to make a claim. Have that contact info and a police report number ready to go—you’ll need that for the claim.
If your car isn’t totaled, research and call an auto-body shop nearby to get your car checked out for any damage. Do not resume your trip until after you got the all-clear from the technician. When exiting your vehicle, make sure you don’t get out on the damaged side in case it damages your car further or your door won’t close again. For example, if the driver door is damaged, try to get in/out through the passenger side.
If your car is totaled or will need a lot of time for repairs, the auto body shop should offer some transportation options. You can also:
- If necessary, investigate new ways to get home. These include rental cars, buses, trains, and planes; make sure you have a way to get back to pick up your car.
- Find a place to stay. Call local hotels and see if any of them have availability. Also ask if they have a local taxi service they recommend, can send someone to pick you up, or if there is a rideshare program in the area to your lodging.
- Lastly, don’t forget to take the important things out of your vehicle. When in a car crash, there is a lot of confusion and stress, and that can cause you to forget things. Take out your suitcase, insurance information, phone charger, and anything else of importance that you brought with you, as you never know how long it will take to get these possessions back.
Enjoy road trip season, stay safe and alert, and if an accident does occur in the Southern Twin Cities, call Superior Collision Center for all of your auto body repair needs.