When you’ve been in a minor car accident, the first thing that you might think to do is call the police to file a report. That would’ve been accurate a year ago.
But this past spring, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police announced they will no longer respond to non-injury fender benders. Therefore, the burden of proof is squarely on the drivers involved in the accident. S
o, rather than call the LVPD, the first thing you need to do is pull your vehicle into a safe space and try to get the other driver’s attention.
Exchange Contact Information
Once you have positioned your vehicle away from traffic, the first thing that you should do is write down the other driver’s license plate number and vehicle’s make and model. Then take down his name, home address, phone number and auto insurance information. Ask to see his license and proof of insurance so that you are sure he is telling the truth about his identity.
If you are not at fault, do not admit that you performed any wrongdoing in the slightest. Even if you aren’t sure that the accident was the other driver’s fault, do not apologize or say that you made a mistake. These statements can be used against you in court. The other driver could be recording the conversation with his smartphone and trying to bait you into admitting fault.
(You can download a driver information exchange sheet here for your convenience)
Be sure to take pictures of your vehicle’s damage as well as the other vehicle and the area where the accident occurred. Don’t just take pictures of the other vehicle’s damage. Take pictures from multiple vantage points and angles to prove that it was damaged in a specific area. If you don’t have a smartphone or digital camera on you, draw a picture of the accident scene on a sheet of paper while it is fresh in your memory.
You can even write down what happened so that you don’t forget any details. If there are any witnesses in the area, flag them down and record their contact information. Their testimony might be used to prove what really happened.
(Pro Tip: You can later use the images of your damaged car to send to our online estimator for a free estimate on your auto body damage repair..)
Contact The Insurance Companies
The next step is to contact your insurance company to report the accident. Tell them about any damages or injuries suffered as a result of the impact. Explain how the accident happened and provide them with the other driver’s name and contact information as well as his automobile insurance company’s information.
Once you’ve reported the accident with your insurance company, do the same with the other driver’s insurance company. There is no guarantee that the other driver will contact his insurance company to report the accident in a timely manner. So, do it yourself. This way you’ll have a general idea of how his insurance company will handle the claim and what sort of guidelines they have as to how you can possibly have your vehicle repaired and injuries tended to and paid for. Push the issue. The more pressure that you put on the other driver’s insurance company, the faster they’ll get the wheels in motion to compensate you for your vehicle’s damage and your injuries.
If you’re not sure how much it will cost to repair any dents, scrapes or scratches from your auto’s body, we encourage you to try our online Free Estimate tool. We’ll analyze the information you provide and return an estimate as soon as possible.
For additional questions, call us by phone at 702-564-2220 for New Look Collision Center – Henderson or 702-269-1650 for New Look Collision Center – Las Vegas.