5 Ways to Maintain Safety After an Auto Accident

It’s never a good time to have an accident, but, with the pandemic still in full effect, remembering to maintain personal safety measures is so important. Here are Burnside’s top recommendations for maintaining safe social distance practices while handling the aftermath of an accident. 

Assess Your Surroundings

Don’t panic! Take a look at your surroundings immediately after an accident. Determine if you are able to safely exit your vehicle. If the incident occurred in the middle of a trafficked roadway and if feasible, move your vehicle out of the way of incoming traffic. 

View the scene and call 911 if anyone, including yourself, is hurt. If authorities are called to the site, report the damages and answer any questions the officers may have. 

Practice Social Distancing 

Maintain a distance of at least six feet from the driver or their vehicular occupants as you process your damages and take down their information. To further enhance your health safekeeping, put on a face mask just in case your social distancing measures become compromised. 

Safely Capture the Facts

Use your mobile device to collect the facts: you can opt to safely take down insurance information and the other drivers contact information on your cell phone. While maintaining safe distancing, ask to take a photo of the drivers license, identification and insurance card. Make sure you also safely capture images of all damages you have incurred. 

Handle Insurance

When contacting insurance, ask them if they have a mobile friendly option in place to send incident information. Some insurance companies have created apps or programs to file and complete claims digitally to reduce the risks of spreading the virus. Take advantage of your smartphone and inquire when you can. 

Contact Burnside For Repairs

Burnside strives to reduce your stress following an auto collision as much as possible. That’s why if your vehicle requires repairs, we work with your insurance company, no matter who it is. If you obtained photos at the scene of the accident, we are more than happy to have a look to prepare for your visit. 

Burnside understands that accidents are stressful, especially in a pandemic. We hope these tips make handling the logistics of your accident less difficult.

How To Disinfect Your Car

wiping car interior to disinfect it

People everywhere are paying more attention to cleanliness than ever before. Let’s take a look at some ways you can disinfect your car so you can drive off with a peace of mind. 

Choosing the Right Interior Car Disinfecting Materials

Before you disinfect your car, get familiar with the cleaning agents that are available. Please keep in mind that the materials you would use for cloth upholstery can differ from what you would use on leather. 

Isopropyl alcohol is a popular cleaning agent that is safe to use on most interior surfaces. A proven disinfectant, it can remove many stains, residue, and eliminate bacteria. Isopropyl is not recommended for use on leather as it can deteriorate coating and remove dye from the material itself. 

Use isopropyl alcohol on areas that are frequently touched as you disinfect. These “high contact” areas can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Some common “high contact” areas include the rearview mirror, handles, and knobs.

It is not recommended to use bleach or hydrogen peroxide on any area of your car. Despite its disinfecting abilities, these agents can damage your vehicle’s upholstery. We recommend also avoiding ammonia based cleaners, especially on touch screen displays. They can damage the anti-glare and fingerprinting coatings. 

Disinfecting Leather Interiors

Ivory dish soap and water is more than sufficient to clean any leather interiors. This includes steering wheels, trim and seats. To avoid damaging your leather areas, we advise against scrubbing too hard. 

Alternatively, leather cleaners are efficient disinfectant agents as well. If you opt for a designated leather cleaning agent, make sure to use a leather conditioner as well to further protect your interior. 

Take an Extra Step

After you have finished disinfecting your vehicle, don’t forget to wash your hands before and after driving. This will help you keep your steering wheel and other frequently touched areas cleaner. 

Burnside’s Disinfection Measures

At Burnside Body Shop, we understand that you and your passengers come into contact with a lot. This is why we have established protocols to ensure your vehicle is properly disinfected. 

Our team wears gloves while handling your vehicle and changes them before working on another. We are doing our part to keep transmission of viruses and bacteria as low as possible. 

If you would like more information or tips on how to maintain your vehicle’s cleanliness, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to help! 

What to Do If You’re in an Accident

Pull Over After an Accident

If your car is functional, calmly pull off the road to a safe location. It is incredibly important to be safe at this point to avoid any additional accidents. If you need to protect the area or if you are out at night, road flares are a great option to use.

Call the Police and Exchange Information

You may call the police in order to file an accident report. While they are en-route, exchange information with the involved parties, such as the drivers, passengers and witnesses. Try to be calm and collected. It is extremely frustrating, embarrassing and angering to be in an accident, but if parties try to remain calm and communicative, the process will be much less painful.

Information to gather and share is:

  • First and last names
  • Phone numbers
  • Addresses
  • Insurance for cars involved

Ask for Witness Statements

If there was anyone who saw the accident, ask them for a summary of what they saw. Don’t forget to gather their information and provide them yours.

Talk to the Police

When the police arrive to speak to both parties, tell them exactly what happened. If you do not know or can’t remember, be honest and tell them that. If they ask if you’re injured, but you don’t feel pain, tell them you don’t know. Frequently, injuries do not manifest until hours later.

Make Your Insurance Claim and Call Us

After you’ve gotten home and made calls to your friends and family, file a claim with your insurance. After you get your claim, give us a call or fill out our estimation form on our website. In California, you have the right to choose your preferred body shop. Your insurance provider will offer their preferred collision repair and body shop, but you are allowed to choose Burnside. We can handle everything from the tow truck to the rental car. We will also handle any information with the insurance.

Your Vehicle is in the Shop

When you leave your vehicle with us, know that it is in safe hands. We will take care of your vehicle with utmost care. We also communicate with you through each step of the process and are flexible enough to communicate with you by your preferred method – call, text or email.

Need auto body work done now? Give us a call at (209) 521-6570 or fill out our estimation form on our website.