Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Wreck

Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Wreck

Car accidents are always upsetting, no matter how minor they are. They’re also incredibly disruptive to your daily routine, especially if you’re recovering from traumatic injuries. To make the post-accident process go as smoothly as possible, avoid making the following mistakes.

Mistake: Not calling the police.

If the accident was relatively minor and no one was hurt, you might think it will save time to avoid calling the police. That may be true, but it will be far more inconvenient in the long run. The police officers will collect evidence, investigate the causes of the crash, and file a report. All of that evidence and information can prove vital for your insurance claim. Without a police report, you’ll likely find that it’s difficult to get a fair settlement from the insurance carrier.

Mistake: Apologizing to the other driver.

It’s human nature to say “I’m sorry” when things go wrong, even if you know it’s not your fault. If you do this after a car accident, the crash could very well be blamed on you. Instead, say as little as possible to the other driver. Simply exchange the necessary information and move on. 

Mistake: Waiting too long to go to the body shop.

You may need to wait to get your car repaired until the insurance company finishes processing your claim. However, you’ll definitely need to get it checked out. The body shop will give you an estimate, which your insurance adjuster will need to move forward with your claim. In addition, the technician can let you know if your car is safe to drive in the meantime. If not, look for a rental car. 


Since 1958, locals of the Steamboat Springs, CO area have relied on Russell's Auto Salon to repair their vehicles after a wreck or a breakdown. They are a full-service collision repair body shop featuring expert technicians who deliver professional, timely results. You can call their shop at (970) 879-1515 to request an appointment.