Handling an Accident


When you’ve just been rear ended, side swiped, or t-boned at a red light, the immediate shock can sometimes outweigh what you know you should be doing. Honda Poway and your local dealerships are glad to help deal with any body work that may be needed as a result of damage. But before you start thinking about repairs, there are several steps to take in the event of an accident.


To begin with, make sure that everyone involved is okay. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911. If no one is injured, you can move your car to the shoulder to allow for the flow of traffic. Make sure that you do not leave the scene. Call your local police department’s non-emergency number, if no one is hurt, let them know what happened and they will tell you whether or not they need to send an officer. Be sure to exchange information with the other drivers involved. You will need to provide (and receive) name, addresses, driver’s license numbers, phone number, make, model, and year of the vehicle, license plate number and insurance information. You can also get information from any witnesses or police officers at the scene. Be sure to document any evidence of the accident. If you have a camera with you, take photos of the damage. Be sure that you are communicative and cooperative with those involved and the police but do not admit guilt because it could interfere with how your insurance claim is processed later. Finally, be sure to remain calm. There’s no reason to panic or be upset. Everyone has accidents. Once you’ve processed your accident through insurance you can visit Tipton Honda’s website, http://www.tiptonhonda.com/ to get information about repairs and make an appointment to bring your car in for work.