July 27th, 2020 by

If you’re involved in an accident, make sure that you and everyone involved is safe. From that point, Patrick MINI has some advice as to how you should proceed.

Check yourself and any passengers in your vehicle for potential injuries quickly. Then check your immediate area outside of the vehicle to make sure that you are safe from oncoming traffic. If your accident is minor, move your vehicle to a safe place off the road and turn on your hazard lights to let oncoming traffic know there is danger in the area.

While most people would never consider leaving the scene of an accident, you may also want to quickly jot down license plate information of any other vehicles involved. You will be able to provide this information to the authorities should the other parties flee the scene.

Give local law enforcement a call so they can come to the scene. They will want to make sure everyone is ok; they’ll figure out the best way to clear the scene and they’ll fill out a police report after interviewing both parties. They may also interview a witness at the scene. This will also give you an opportunity to exchange insurance information with the other involved parties. Make sure you get multiple ways to contact them, such as addresses, phone numbers or email. You may also want to take down other notes about their vehicle’s damage. Let your insurance carrier know that you were involved in an accident at that moment. They’ll have some questions for you regarding specific details, and they can begin the process of filing a claim on your behalf.

Once you have received your insurance settlement, you’ll want to get your car repaired and back into working order. Our service department and collision center will work with you to assess the damage and get your car back in driving condition!