If you have had the unfortunate experience of being in an auto accident, then you know how frustrating the road ahead can be. You can make it easier on yourself by taking care of the essentials before getting back on the road. Keep reading to learn more.
Repair your vehicle.
If your vehicle is still in good condition and safe to drive, you will want to address any structural damage. Get the parts you need for your make and model of vehicle, such as KIA car parts, from a reliable and reputable source. Work with the car parts dealer to find everything you need so your car looks as good as new.
An accident does not mean you have to drive around with a damaged vehicle. Take pride in your ride by finding parts to repair the cosmetic details and anything major. When you walk up to your vehicle and it looks good, you will feel good, too.
Maintain communication with your insurance company.
One of the biggest headaches beyond being in an auto accident is dealing with an insurance company. Even if you are lucky enough to have a good one on your side, you still need to do your due diligence to ensure everything is in order. Here are some items to keep track of:
- Follow up with any outstanding claims.
- Always provide any documentation or photos requested of you in a timely manner.
- Take detailed notes of any phone conversations, including the name of the representative you spoke with, the date and time, any requests on your or their parts, and the expected resolutions.
- Keep all electronic communications.
- Initiate a conversation about whether or not your insurance premiums will increase based on the accident, regardless of whether or not you were at fault.
It is important to keep this information on file for a few years after the accident, just in case a dispute arises. Make it easy to find the paperwork and communications by digitizing and maintaining everything in the cloud so you can access it should you need to.
Replace items within the vehicle.
If your accident was bad enough to cause damage to any items you store within your vehicle, now is the time to replace them. These things may be anything from safety tools such as road beacons to a car emergency kit.
While you are going over what needs replacing, take this as an opportunity to update your emergency kit. Go through your current supply and rotate out and replace any expired, worn, or damaged items. Make a checklist or spreadsheet of all items in the emergency kit. Include the expiration date and where you purchased it to make it easier to replace. With a current spreadsheet, you can go through your supplies more quickly and save time.
Finally, watch this video for tips on what to do if you get into an accident. (Turn the volume down a bit before pressing play.)
Having an auto accident is no fun for anyone. Fortunately, you can take steps to make it better, repair your vehicle, and know what to do if it happens again. Be safe out there.