After a car accident, figuring out what to do next can be challenging. One crucial consideration is when to take your car to a mechanic. Aside from fixing any damage, having a professional inspect your vehicle can help figure out the full extent of the damage and provide documentation for your insurance claims.
When should you visit a mechanic?
Taking swift action after an accident is crucial to protect yourself and your right to fair compensation. Under Connecticut law, you must report any accident involving damages to your car or injury to the police within five days. As such, it’s also essential to bring your car to a mechanic within that timeframe. Doing so ensures:
- Your vehicle is safe to drive
- The mechanic can identify any hidden damage or issues
- You get valuable documentation and evidence for insurance claims or legal proceedings
Documentation helps build your case in making claims against the at-fault driver.
Should you call your insurance company first?
Car accidents often result in hidden damage or issues that could worsen over time. If your car has sustained significant damage or is unsafe to drive, it must be brought to a mechanic immediately. However, before making any claims to your insurance company, it’s vital to seek legal advice from your lawyer. Connecticut follows the comparative fault principle. Meaning each party’s degree of fault determines their liability for damages. If you were somewhat to blame for the accident, seeking legal advice early on can help you build a stronger case and increase your chances of receiving fair compensation.