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540-636-4040 | 232 S Royal Ave Front Royal, VA 22630

WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

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 540-636-4040 or make an appointment online!


What Our Customers Are Saying

reviewiconFront Royal, VA

I stopped by Rick's during the snow last week because my oil pan shield was dragging on the ground. Even though the sign said they were closed, they helped me. I went back yesterday to have a new shield installed. I think I've found my new home to work on my car. The customer service and the work are the best! They are definitely a great example of people helping each other, especially this time of year. Thanks Rick Jasper, and all the other employees.

, 12/23/2020

reviewiconFront Royal, VA

Just moved in the area. Called Rick's Auto for Safety Inspection. Spoke to Jasper and he advised me to be there at 7:50am to fill out the paperwork and he could do the inspection at 8am, when they opened. Outstanding service, they did the Safety Inspection and I was out of there at 8:30. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, specially Jasper. Will take all my autos there for maintenance and service.

, 12/10/2020

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Rick, Jasper, Mark, & staff, Just wanted to let you all know about the fantastic job you all did on my '92 Ford E-150 Mark III van. It literally runs and sounds brand new. The engine is so quiet I can barely hear it. The hesitation when you give it throttle is gone and everything is performing as it should now. Thanks again for keeping all my vehicles running great. Take care and we'll see you all down the road when I need service again.

, 08/24/2020

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My family just purchased our 2nd vehicle from Rick's. The 1st one is still running strong . We noticed a Explorer on the lot that was clean and runs smooth. And the price was more than reasonable we could not pass it up. Perfect vehicle for our daughter who will be commuting to school.

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Took my car in for grinding sound in my brakes got me right in and fixed my up. Great staff. Honest and family oriented. I will definitely go there again. Thank you!

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Great service there today. A very friendly staff in the office also. Thank you for your customer service. We do not see enough of that these days.

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