In case of an accident you need to be prepared. The following are some general“DO” and “DON’T” guidelines.


  • Stop; turn the ignitions off on all cars involved.
  • If there are any serious injuries, call 911.
  • Turn on your emergency flashers on.
  • Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers with other driver(s).
  • Exchange insurance information with other driver(s).
  • Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers with other driver(s).
  • Make a note of all vehicle make/models and license plate numbers.
  • Take photos of the entire scene, damaged vehicles and property.
  • Obtain witness names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • Fill out the Accident Reporting Form as soon as possible.
  • File an official accident report with the local police.
  • Notify your insurance company immediately.


  • Move injured unless absolutely necessary.
  • Discuss fault, responsibility, circumstances of the accident with other driver(s).
  • Drive your vehicle if it seems unsafe.
  • Sign any releases with towing companies, repair shops or insurance companies that you   have not read and fully understand.
  • Accept a check or money for you automobile’s repair from anyone until you are sure it   covers all necessary repairs.

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Renton Collision is here to help you with all aspects of the collision repair process. Just give us a call and we can take the stress out of the process by working with your insurance company to make the whole experience as positive as possible. Our philosophy is to always exceed our client’s expectations.