These helpful checklists can help you get through a stressful time. Being involved an accident, even on a small scale, can be a stressful experience. Here are some things you should think about immediately after an accident to help you get your claim started off on the best possible foot. The good news is that the worst part is over. We’re ready to help you make things better as fast as possible.

If there is damage to your car

1

What to do
Make sure you’re okay. Take a moment to check that you and any passengers in your car haven’t been injured. Your health is the most important thing to consider.
When
Immediately

2

What to do
Move your vehicle. Safety first. If your car is still drivable, move your vehicle to a safe location out of traffic right away.
When
Soon as possible

3

What to do
Do not accept fault. Even if you think you may be responsible, do not make a decision in the moment that may cost you money later.
When
Throughout the conversation with the other party

4

What to do
You and the other driver should provide each other with your name, address, telephone number, driver's licence number, insurance company name and policy number, and year/make/model of vehicle.
When
Before leaving the site of the accident (after #2)

5

What to do
Look for witnesses. If someone saw your accident, you may want to want to ask if you can contact them to support your version of events.
When
Before leaving the site of the accident

6

What to do
Report it to the police. In cases where the damage is slight and no one was hurt, many people think it’s not important to report the incident. But if there is any damage at all, reporting it to the police is a good rule of thumb.
When
Before leaving the site of the accident

7

What to do
Get to the nearest Steele Collision Centre. In most cases, if your vehicle cannot be driven, a tow truck will bring it to the nearest Collision Centre if you specify. You can have it dropped off there if after hours and contact us the following day to arrange a collision repair estimate and to answer any further questions you may have.
When
This should be the next stop for your car after it leaves the accident site

8

What to do
Contact us as soon as possible. We can confirm your insurance coverage, tell you if you're entitled to any services or to a rental car, and provide you with a timely estimate.
When
Soon as possible