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WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

Working Hours
  • Mon 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tue 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Wed 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thu 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Sat 8:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Sun Closed

WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

How to Respond in a Tough Situation

Being in a car accident is the last thing anyone wants - but when it does happen, there are ways of making sure that the legal and insurance issues are handled with as little stress as possible.

  • First of all - stay calm.
  • If someone is injured, be sure to call for medical help.
  • Make sure you call the police.
  • Don't publicly make any statements where you either accuse the other person of causing the accident or take all the blame yourself. It could open you up to legal problems.
  • Whatever you do, don't leave the scene until you've had a chance to talk with the officer and you've gotten their name. It's important to make sure that your side of the story goes on the record. Afterward, it's a good idea to get a copy of the police report.
  • Make sure you have a pre-printed copy of your insurance information in the glove compartment, along with a camera you can use to provide pictures for the insurance company. A disposable camera with a flash for nighttime or interior shooting is usually best for this.
  • In dealing with the other driver, make sure you get their name, address, driver's license number and insurance information - and that they get the same information from you.
  • Also, make sure to get information from any witnesses as well.
  • Make sure you get pictures of any physical evidence of what could have caused the accident.
  • Write down pertinent details such as where the accident took place, what the weather was like, etc.
  • Once the information's exchanged, report the accident to the insurance company immediately, even if it's not your fault.
  • Make sure you understand how you're covered, and don't be afraid to ask the insurance company to explain the conditions of your coverage and payments.
  • Don't be afraid to seek legal advice - and don't sign anything if you don't understand it.
  • When you're using a body shop to get repairs to your vehicle, be aware that the insurance company can recommend a shop, but you are under no legal obligation to use its services. You have the legal right to choose the shop to do your repairs.
  • Also be aware that insurance companies sometimes try to dictate what type of parts are used in a vehicle's repair. They might insist that a shop not use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts, as they are more expensive.

    You have a right to know what kind of parts are being used on your vehicle, and to know if your insurance policy dictates what kind of parts can be used in your car. If your policy lets you choose, you have the right to decide for yourself.
  • An insurance company also has the right to inspect your vehicle, but it is not required to do so. In addition, they cannot require you to visit one of their own claim centers.
  • And finally: Make sure you learn from this accident, but also let yourself move on from what happened. Everyone has an accident once in a while - it's just something that happens.

Remember - Drive Safely!

Want more information on your rights? To make an appointment, call us at 706-861-3918 or make an appointment online!

What People Say About Us

Fort Oglethorpe
  • Easy & Trustworthy
    reviewiconGeneral Services, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 02/05/2020

    I've used Maxi for quite a long time and have always been happy with their service and prices. Allen runs an efficient operation, and usually gets you in and out quicker than expected, with the problem fully resolved. I've recommended this shop to friends and will do so in the future.

  • Easy & Trustworthy
    reviewiconGeneral Services, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 02/13/2020

    I would definitely recommend to anyone needing quality work at an affordable price. I recently had work done on my truck and feel confident it was done right . I will be using them again in the future .

Fort Oglethorpe
  • Highly Recommended
    reviewiconTires, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 07/10/2019

    After a sudden incident with my sons tire. He needed air. This place was open and let him have air. Very nice and friendly people. Helped my son get his tire off so he could go get it fixed. Then helped him put it back on and charged him nothing.

  • Highly Recommended
    reviewiconTires, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 09/13/2019

    Excellent mechanics and a no BS attitude. If I need brakes or just about any other Auto service this is my first choice. Also they are an ASE Blue Seal certified shop.

Fort Oglethorpe
  • Great Customer Service
    reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 08/15/2019

    When my car broke down, my roadside assistance insurance paid for a tow, and I had my car taken to Maxi. I didn't have the money to pay for the repairs, and Maxi kept my parked there at no charge for several weeks until I was able to afford having it towed to my home. They are super nice and very professional. It's where I will always go in the future for car repairs and maintenance.

  • Great Customer Service
    reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 02/05/2020

    I've used Maxi for quite a long time and have always been happy with their service and prices. Allen runs an efficient operation, and usually gets you in and out quicker than expected, with the problem fully resolved. I've recommended this shop to friends and will do so in the future.

Call us for service: 706-861-3918

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