What To Do After a Car Accident?

Car Accident on Highway


There are many driver assistance features available in current Nissan vehicles. However, even with safety features and with drivers being extremely cautious, car accidents can still happen in the Kansas City area. Learn what you should do after a car accident and how to file a car insurance claim, so you can be prepared should that ever happen. The team at Elevated Nissan are here for you if you have any questions. 

What To Do After a Minor Car Accident?

Minor car accidents happen on a daily basis near Olathe and these can include someone backing into your car on the road or in a parking lot or a fender-bender at an intersection. These are the steps you should take after a minor accident: 

  1. See if anyone needs medical attention and call an ambulance if you need to.
  2. If you don’t need medical attention, park your vehicle at a safe spot close to the scene while not blocking the traffic. 
  3. Call the police, so there is an official report of the accident. Your insurance company might ask for it if you’re trying to make a car accident insurance claim later. 
  4. Exchange contact information with the other drivers. This includes phone numbers, email addresses, and insurance policy information. You should also take pictures of everyone’s driver’s license, license plate numbers, and insurance cards. If there were any witnesses, you should also ask for their contact information.
  5. Document your vehicle’s damage by taking detailed pictures of the damage to both your vehicle and the other vehicle or vehicles involved as well as a picture of the accident scene.
  6. Call your insurance provider as soon as possible, so your car accident insurance claim process can start immediately. 

What To Do After a Minor Car Accident?

Major accidents are more severe, which might lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Take these steps should a major accident happen:

  • First things first, call 911. If you’re not able to call yourself, have someone else call for you. The police and ambulance will arrive together at the scene. The police will probably help document the information, but you should follow up for all the information you need.
  • Call your insurance provider or have someone else do it if you need medical attention. Follow up afterward to make sure they have enough information for the claim. 
  • Follow up with your physician. If you need more medical help, visit your physician for more help. 

How to File a Car Insurance Claim?

The process of how to file a car insurance claim is pretty much the same, with slight differences across providers and coverage. You will need the following when you are filing a claim with your insurance provider: 

  • Insurance policy number
  • Description of the accident in detail, including date, time, and location
  • Contact and insurance information of the involved parties
  • Name of the police department involved and the police report number (if applicable)

After you start the process of filing a car accident insurance claim, your insurance adjuster will inspect your car to give an estimate of the cost of repairs, coverage, and more. If they think the photos and police report are insufficient, your car might have to be evaluated in person. 

Count on Our Service Team at Elevated Nissan 

Should you get into an accident near Overland Park, stop by our service center to get your vehicle fixed as soon as possible! Schedule an appointment before coming by our Merriam location. Contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to answer all of your questions!

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