Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Clovis, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.
Let's review what Clovis drivers should do in case of an accident:
When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Clovis is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your CA driver's license or even jail time.
Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Clovis emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.
You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you won't have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don't. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the Clovis police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy may be responsible.
Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as, "I was going 30 miles an hour," or, "I was going 55 kilometers per hour," not, "I wasn't speeding." Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer's name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.
Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:
Date of birth
Driver's license number and expiration
Also take down a description of the other vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN). Most CA auto insurance companies don't record license plate numbers, so the VIN is the best way to track a vehicle in CA.
Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can't wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Triple A Automotive at (559) 299-9300.
Contact Triple A Automotive to learn more about what to do in case of an auto accident. You can find us at:
Met Doug today and our experience was just as described. Got us in with an A/C problem, did a preliminary assessment within minutes and then fixed the car within a few hours for a reasonable rate. Prompt, courteous service and quality work equals excellent value for money.
Wow! Very fast service! Took my car in this morning around 10 am to drop it off for timing belt service, and was already done the same day. Thought it was gonna take a few days!
I had been searching for a good auto repair shop for a while and finally found it with Triple A! I first went to them when I had a last minute repair needed before leaving on a trip to my brother's funeral. They got me in right away and got the job done. Since then they've done several jobs for me, both big and small. Doug is very honest and straightforward. He always explains the situation and lays out my options clearly. I highly recommend them! They're now my go-to shop for all repairs.
It means a lot to have a mechanic that I can trust. Thanks, Doug!
I always take my car to Doug. He makes sure my is car road worthy before I leave for a long road trip. I own a 2001 Saturn that is in great condition because he keeps it that way.
I bought a used car for my daughter. I took it to several shops around town & nobody wanted to touch it. Estimates were outrageous. Doug & his team properly diagnosed the problem & literally saved me 3 times the amount other shops quoted me. The car runs great & no more engine light. I truly could not be happier with this place. True & honest technicians.
Prior to choosing a repair shop I have called 7 different local shops to try to get the best deal on my service. By the end of the day I was able to take a chance at Triple A auto repair knowing they had the best price and exceptional ratings from other customers. I am glad to say that this shop is by far one of the best; exceptionally fast and the price is reasonable. I was able to schedule an appointment 1 day ahead and got it done the next day before noon.
-Ben - Clovis
Great service and affordability! I am not from the area and had several other places quote me $200-$300 more than your price for a product of lesser quality than what I received here. Im sure being a young female, several other places saw me as an easy target to take advantage of, however, I immediately felt comfortable and confident once I found your business. I felt very comfortable leaving my vehicle overnight and am more than satisified with the product and your service. I will definitely be recommending this place to anyone who needs work done, and will be returning for future service. Thank you!
-Amanda - Clovis
Always there to help me with my car maintenance, repair, and questions. They work around my busy school schedule which is great since I'm new to the area. They do all the pricing work too. They make sure I get quality parts at a good price. Great job!! Thanks guys
We appreciate your honest and friendly service.
You guys do fabulous work and are good friends too!
Absolutely exceptional service! Thank you very much!
Of the three companies I contacted for an estimate, only two bothered to call me back. Triple A was very courteous and quick to respond. They explained what needed to be done and did it quickly. No one's experience is a good one after paying $900 for an auto repair, but I am back on the road.
The a/c is working GREAT!!!
I think I really made out well. I negotiated in the package to get rafting stories....the Starbucks card was pretty great too...Thanks! I'll let you know after a couple of days driving...but it's great not to have the noise any longer.
I live 40 miles away but will gladly drive to AAA for any auto repairs I might need. The recent work they did for me convinced me of their professionalism and expertise.