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Helpful Collision Aid Information Before and After Car Accident - Southwest Houston Body Shop, Helfman Ford Body Shop, Fort Bend County Body Shop, Sugar Land Body Shop - All Makes All Models

Collision Aid

Here are some helpful collision tips and info that we've worked up to help you deal with the situation.

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The following information is inteded as an aid and should never be used counter to the suggestions
of officials and/or laws presented by local, state and federal governments.

Important Phone Numbers

Emergency/Non-Emergency Response (Back To Top)

  • Police, Fire, Medical: 911
  • Non-Emergency City of Houston Help and Info: 311
  • Houston Police Direct Line: 713-884-3131

Wrecker/Tow Services (Back To Top)

  • Woods Wrecker: 281-499-1024 (24/7)
  • Chrysler Roadside Assistance: 800-521-2779
  • AAA Roadside Assistance: 800-222-4357
  • TxDPS Roadside Assistance: 800-525-5555

Insurance Companies (Back To Top)

  • State Farm: 855-733-7333
  • Geico Insurance: 800-861-8380
  • Progressive: 800-776-4737
  • Allstate: 800-255-7828
  • Farmers: 800-435-7764
  • USAA: 800-531-8722
  • Travelers: 800-252-4633
  • SafeCo: 800-332-3226
  • Liberty Mutual: 800-225-2467
  • AAA Insurance: 866-487-4222
  • 21st Century: 888-244-6163
  • Amica: 800-242-6422

Taxi Services (Back To Top)

  • Yellow Cab (Houston): 713-236-1111
  • United Cab (Houston): 713-699-0000
  • Fiesta Cab (Houston):713-225-2666

Government Agecies (Back To Top)

  • TXDOT: 800-558-9368
  • TxDPS (Vehicle Inspection): 512-424-7293
  • TxDPS Austin: 512-424-2000
  • City Of Houston: 311

Helfman Departments (Back To Top)

  • SW Houston BodyShop: 888-268-3949
  • Main: 281-240-3673
  • New Car Sales: 888-266-5104
  • Pre-Owned Sales: 888-266-5158
  • Service: 888-268-3933
  • Parts: 800-364-8008

Collision and Safety

What To Do After A Collision (Source: TXDOT,Edmunds) (Back To Top)

Roadside Safety Tools (Source:Edmunds) (Back To Top)

Drivers should carry a cell phone, as well as pen and paper for taking notes, a disposable camera to take photos of the vehicles at the scene, and a card with information about medical allergies or conditions that may require special attention if there are serious injuries. Also, keep a list of contact numbers for law enforcement agencies handy. Drivers can keep this free fill-in-the-blanks accident information form in their glove compartment. The DocuDent™ Auto Accident Kit ($19.95), supported by AAA and insurance companies, offers a comprehensive kit that includes a flashlight, reusable camera and accident documentation instructions. A set of cones, warning triangles or emergency flares should be kept in the trunk.

Insurance Coverage (Source: TXDOT,Edmunds) (Back To Top)

Texas law requires drivers to have basic liability coverage. If you don't have auto insurance, you can be fined up to $350 (or more if you've been ticketed before for no insurance). Be ready to show your insurance card if an officer asks you for it, and inform your insurance company of a collision right away.
The whole insurance process will be easier following your accident if you know the details of your coverage. For example, don't wait until after an accident to find out that your policy doesn't automatically cover costs for towing or a replacement rental car. Generally, for only a dollar or two extra each month, you can add coverage for rental car reimbursement, which provides a rental car for little or no money while your car is in the repair shop or if it is stolen. Check your policy for specifics.

Driving Safely(Contributing Source: TXDOT) (Back To Top)

Texting While Driving (Source: TxDot) (Back To Top)

Distracted driving, which includes distraction, driver inattention or cell‐phone use, is becoming increasingly common and dangerous, causing traffic crashes and fatalities. In 2012, there were 90,378 traffic crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving. These crashes resulted in 18,468 serious injuries and 453 deaths. In fact, nearly one in four crashes in Texas involves driver distraction.

Phone Applications (Back To Top)

Many insurance companies now offer phone applications which can aid drivers in submitting claims as well as providing a record of coverage. Many drivers find these applications helpful. Check with your insurance provider for availability.

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