If you were involved in a fender bender, you may wonder if you need to report the Atlanta auto accident to the police or to the insurance company. In fact, if the damage to your car is less than your deductible, it may seem that it isn't worth your while to report the damage.


According to Atlanta car crash lawyer Shane Smith, it is always a good idea to report a car accident - even if you think the cost of your damages is lower than your deductible. Why?

The cost of repairs may be more than you expect. You may have underestimated the damage or your car may have internal or hidden damage. Filing an accident report with the police will help if you do need to file a damage claim. Filing a police report will also help with your Georgia accident injury claim.


Shane Smith also suggests that you contact the insurance company to estimate the cost of the repairs. When you tell the auto repair shop that the insurance company is only willing to pay a certain amount, they are less likely to overcharge you. They will also investigate circumstances of the accident. This will protect you in the event that the at-fault driver decides to claim that you caused damage to his vehicle.


If you would like more information about Georgia property damage claims, request a free copy of Shane Smith's book, Property Damage Guide for Georgia. To discuss your claim with an Atlanta car crash injury attorney, contact Shane Smith Law at 777-HURT-999.

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