What to do immediately after a car accident
Do you know what to do after a car accident? Many people panic when they are involved in a car crash! You need to keep calm try not to get angry and follow these simple steps to stop a bad situation getting worse
1. You must stop!
The law states:
Even if the accident is not your fault, you must Stop and stay at the scene for a reasonable time if:
- A person other than yourself is injured.
- Damage is caused to another vehicle or someone else’s property.
- An animal has been killed or injured, except in your vehicle.
Turn off the engine and switch on hazard indicators.
2. Are there any injuries?
Check to see is somebody is hurt and if necessary call 999.
If anyone has injuries do not move them unless medically qualified the ambulance service will talk you through the best way to help until they arrive.
3. Is there a risk to other road users?
Are the damaged vehicles likely to cause a further accident?
You should call the Police (even if no one is hurt) if you believe the accident may be putting other traffic at risk:
- Are the damaged vehicles are on a blind spot such as a bend or brow of a hill?
- Is there spillage of petrol or oil?
- Is it dark?
- Has the accident blocked the road or causing traffic congestion?
4. What “Not” to say at the scene of an accident
Don’t say “sorry” or accept blame at the scene of an accident.
5. Swapping details after an accident
When you are involved in an accident you should swap your details:
- Name & address.
- Contact number.
- Name of their Insurer and Policy Number
- Vehicle registration number and colour and model.
- Vehicle Owner’s name and address (if different from the driver)
- Also get the details of any passengers or witnesses as they could be very beneficial.
6. Take notes or use your mobile to record the scene of the accident
You will need these details when making a claim on your insurance and you’d be surprised how soon you may forget:
- Time and date of the accident?
- Where did the accident take place?
- What were the weather conditions?
- Were there any speed limits or other restrictions?
- How did the accident happen?
If you can, take a photo on your mobile phone of the position of the cars and any damage to your vehicle.