When you think about it, the roads can be a scary place. It seems like we have gotten comfortable with driving on a daily basis, and we take for granted how dangerous it can truly be. Just think about it, the average sized American man is about 5’10, 190 pounds, and can run at a top speed of 15 miles per hour. If you have ever seen a game of football before then you know how scary and damaging collisions between two grown men can be.
Cars, in contrast, average 4,009 pounds (over 200 times greater than that of a human) and can get to a top speed of over 100 miles per hour (almost ten times greater than a human). Car collisions are serious incidents and can be very dangerous for those involved, but thankfully technology has advanced to a point where vehicle companies like GMC and Buick are able to implement extensive safety measures to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a collision or equipment malfunction.
But just because your vehicle is effective at protecting you, doesn’t mean that you can relax on the road. In fact, often a collision is just the beginning of the potential dangers that you must be aware of when you get into an auto incident. That is why we here at Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park, your local GMC dealer in Los Angeles, have put together this handy guide to post-incident roadside safety.
- Stop and Collect Yourself
When an accident, popped tire, or other vehicle malfunction happens, adrenaline and emotions are high. During this time it is important to take a deep breath and gain your composure in order to avoid any further danger. Make sure everyone in your car is okay, and call an ambulance if necessary.
- MoveYour Car to the Side of the Road
If your car is capable and road conditions allow, slowly and calmly move your vehicle to the side of the road. This is the safest place you could be after an accident, but if you are in a high traffic area and you aren’t sure if you can make it to the side of the road without endangering yourself or other drivers, or your vehicle has become inoperable, it is best to stay put and wait for help to arrive.
- Call the Police and Exchange Information
If your vehicle or a vehicle you collided with has any damage it is important to call the police and exchange all of the relevant insurance information. According to CarFax.com, this will include the involved party’s first and last name, home address, driver’s license number, license plate, phone number, email address, insurance company, policy number, and VIN. Photograph any damages to both your car and the other involved vehicle.
- Don’t Admit Guilt
Don’t admit any guilt as this could affect how much of the cost of repairs your insurance will cover. The police will complete an accident report and will usually call a towing service that will take your vehicle to the closest repair shop unless you specify otherwise.
- File an Insurance Claim
To file an insurance claim you will need to provide your insurance company with all of the information that you collected from the involved parties and give a detailed description of how the accident happened. Again, it is important that you don’t admit guilt and let the insurance companies decide who was at fault.
After they decide who was responsible for the collision they will either make you pay your deductible and they will cover the rest of the cost of repairs, or if the other party was at fault, then they will make their insurance company pay for your vehicle’s repair.
The process of getting your vehicle repaired and completing the insurance claim can take a few weeks, so obviously it is best to avoid an auto incident altogether. That isn’t always possible, so in that case, this guide should help things go more smoothly at the scene.
Find Exceedingly Safe Vehicles at Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park
Its always better to be safe rather than sorry, so stop into Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park, your local new Buick dealer near Anaheim, for some of the safest, most reliable vehicles on the road. We have a wide variety of new vehicles available as well as an extensive inventory of quality used cars for sale. Give us a call at 866-704-8073 or visit our showroom conveniently located at 6600 Auto Center Drive, Buena Park, CA 90621 for unparalleled service and top quality vehicles at an unbelievable value.