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What to Do After a Car Accident

Berkeley Auto Collision Center’s Accident Checklist

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Car accidents are a scary reality for drivers everywhere. As careful as we may be, there’s always a possibility that the unthinkable will happen. Knowing what the steps are ahead of time, will help you protect yourself during a time when you will most likely be clouded over with emotions following the car accident. You should also be prepared to contact an auto accident attorney if damages or injuries occur. Read the rest of this entry »

Step-by-Step Guide: What to Do When You’re in an Auto Collision

What to do after an Auto Accident

step-by-step guide on what to do when you get in an auto accident

If you have been involved in an accident in the Bay Area (or elsewhere), you want to follow best practices not only to ensure that you and your passengers receive prompt medical care but also to protect your rights in any subsequent legal or insurance actions. Medical attention and preventing legal troubles should be addressed before assessing your vehicle for auto body damage.

Follow these 10 steps to regain control of the situation:

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How to Document an Auto Accident

You Got In An Auto Collision, Now What?

Oakland auto collision centerBefore you call various auto body shops for estimates for collision repair, spend time documenting your crash. Evidence that you collect at the scene (and shortly afterwards) can be essential, if you want to make an insurance claim and/or pursue legal action to obtain compensation for injuries or damages sustained in the crash. Here are some tips about how and what to document. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoiding Bay Area Parking Lot Accidents

Perhaps a frazzled shopper dented your sedan at the mall during the holiday shopping crush. Parking lots are a common place for car accidents. To keep your car dent-free, you can benefit from practicing better parking lot safety.

To reduce your likelihood of an auto accident, minimize distractions in your vehicle as you search for a space. Turn off your radio. Stop talking to other people in the car. Avoid text messaging or chatting on your cell phone. When you focus, you will be able to react more rapidly to sudden changes in the driving environment — such as a little child running in front of your car or a distracted driver mindlessly backing out in front of you.

Next, stay away from the busiest zones in crowded lots – typically closest to the store’s entrance. Yes, you may need to sacrifice some convenience. But it is generally safer to park farther away, where there is less traffic.

Drive slowly and mindfully. Use your mirrors and cover your blind spots. Be vigilant for pedestrians, and also watch for runaway shopping carts.

After you park, switch your mental gears from “driver” to “pedestrian.” Always look both ways before stepping out between two cars.

If your car needs some auto body repair or some paint touch up work, contact the team here at Shattuck Auto for a free estimate. We can help you make cost-effective, appropriate decisions about your vehicle, and we have a reputation as trustworthy driver advocates who work closely with your auto insurance company. Call now to schedule a free estimate: 510-848-6281.