Friday, January 31 2014, 06:44 PM EST
Body Shops Reap Benefit of Costly Crashes
Reddick Auto Body Shop manager Buddy Gross has been swamped since Wednesday.
He told us the cars that have been damaged from snow-related accidents are averaging in $1,500 to $2,500 in damage, but he has seen a few extreme cases.
"We've got one that slid off a hill and hit a pole,” said Gross. “And, we've got one that went into a creek and it's got all over damage."
His shop has room for 60 cars. Now, as soon as one car leaves the shop another rolls in.
"It's like a hail storm just because of all the damage around town. Everybody's looking to get their cars fixed at the same time," he said.
Trent has been with his dad waiting to see the damage on their truck. Fortunately, their truck was hit when no one was in it.
"It's messed up the grill on it, the hood, everything," said Trent, who is nine years old.
But Thursday we learned local auto insurance agents have not seen many calls just yet.
Janie Shetter, with Nationwide had only gotten 6 when we met with her.
"The younger generation chooses to handle their claims, and all their other insurance stuff online, other than dealing directly with the agents,” Shetter said. “We probably won't hear from a lot of them, but they'll start funneling in through the system."
Gross said people should drive their car if the damage is minimal, and let others who have more damage go first. He hopes to get up to 10 cars fixed a day.
A total of 323 were reported to police.
Keep in mind though that police only responded to ones that involved serious injury.
Thursday we also heard from Erlanger, who told us their entire system of hospitals treated a total of 55 people for injuries sustained from car crashes, slips and falls, and sled accidents.