What to do if you are in an accident:

1. Move to a safe area (if you can)

If it's safe to do so and you aren't seriously injured, move your car out of harm's way. If moving your car isn't possible, flip on your hazard lights to warn other drivers that your vehicle isn't going anywhere.

2. Stop your vehicle and get out

Make sure your car is no longer moving, turn off the engine, shift into park, or set the hand brake if you drive a manual. Take a moment and take a deep breath. Check to make sure it's safe to get out of your car before opening the door.

3. Check on others involved

Check on all the other parties involved, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, to make sure no one is hurt. Call 911 if anyone may be injured. Even a smaller symptom like dizziness should be checked out by a health care professional.

4. Call the police to the scene

Even in minor accidents, a police accident report can prove invaluable when dealing with your car insurance company and other drivers. If the police can't make it to the scene (which is more likely if there are no injuries), you can file an accident report in Iowa by clicking on this link:  https://iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/accidents

5. Gather info

Try to write down as much info as possible in the accident aftermath, including:

  • Driver and passenger names

  • License plate numbers

  • Insurance info

  • Makes and models of all vehicles involved

  • Contact info for any eyewitnesses

  • Location of the accident

  • The name and badge number of any responding police officers

 

6. Document the scene

If you have a smartphone with a camera, snap some photos of the accident scene. They may come in handy during the claim process.

 

7. File your insurance claim

Call your insurance company and let them know you will be having your repairs done at Bondurant Auto Body. They will instruct you on how to proceed. (Remember, insurance companies cannot tell you where to go.)

8. It's our turn to help!

We'll work with you and your insurance company to get your car repaired!

Call us at 515-967-9000

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