In a crash? Here is what to do next

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SALT LAKE COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Clean up crews have been out in full force clearing hundreds of wrecks.
Utah Highway Patrol tells ABC4 News over 400 crashes have been cleared since the start of the storm.

To say it has been a slippery two days is an understatement.

Salt Lake City resident Philip Anderson said, “[Thursday morning’s] traffic on 15 is just crawling at 30 miles an hour.” 

Most of that was due to several crashes on I-15 Southbound in Sandy. 

Troopers said the crashes involved four vehicles and a semi and slowed things up to Murray.

Drivers in Davis County dealt with a couple of wrecks near 2600 South. 

So, what do you do if you’re involved in a wreck?

Experts say, don’t drive a car that is unsafe. Plus, you need to get the vehicle checked out by your insurance agent as soon as possible. 

“You could be out of a car for three weeks,” said the owner of A.U.T.O. Collision Chris Bogden. 

He is serious about that time frame and tells us it generally takes about a week for insurance companies to get vehicles to repair shops.  Then it may take two weeks to fix it.

Bogden says drivers should not take their vehicle to any shop.

“The more research you do, the happier you are going to be. I believe, rather than just being lead to the shop they are sending you to,” he said.
Here is the reason why.

“Legally [drivers] have the right to take the vehicle to any repair facility they would like,” he said. “They own the vehicle. They are the final decision maker on all the repairs.” 

Experts say, ask your friends for a good place to repair your car and then check out the collision repair shops Google and Yelp reviews.

Doing your research may help you out in the long run if you’re in a wreck. 

Bogden told us, a lot of time the collision repair shop can help you negotiate your claim and get you a better deal.

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