April 18, 2017 at 3:32 PM
Nobody likes the thought of being in a car accident, but it is very important to be aware of the actions that must be taken following a collision. Below we share what you should do if you are unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident.
The first thing that you must do is to stop your car. Failing to stop at the scene of an accident is against the law, as stipulated under the Road Traffic Act. So even if you were not responsible for the accident, you must still stop your car. Turn off the engine and then switch on your hazard lights to alert other drivers to the scene of the accident.
The next step is to then check if there are any injured individuals. Then call an ambulance. At the scene of any car accident, you must also call the police, either 999 or 102. Stay close to your vehicle and where it is safe to do so.
When you are in a car accident you must give your personal details such as your name and where you live, to all other parties involved int the collision. You still need to give your details even if no individuals were involved, such as hitting a building or a wall. In the instance that you have hit, and subsequently damaged a parked car, then you must write down and leave your details on the car's windscreen. The important thing to note when giving your details is to not apologise or accept that you were to blame. Leave that decision up to the police.
It is also a good idea to try and gain evidence from any eye witnesses to the accident or collision, including other passengers and drivers. If an individual who is involved in the accident leaves the scene without supplying personal details, try to gain their car registration number and contact the police immediately.
There are also a number of other things that you should do following a car accident. Record all car reg numbers, plus make and model of car, if you are able to do so. Make a note of the weather, where the cars are positioned on the road and any other information that could be useful to the police and your insurance company. It is also a good idea to take photographs of any damage that have occurred to your vehicle, as well as any injuries that have been sustained.
The main thing to remember if you are involved in a car accident is to remain calm. Stop your car, check for casualties and phone the police. Gain as much evidence as you can while at the scene. We do hope that you have found this short guide useful. Drive safely.