Car accidents are not something that we like to think too much about, but unfortunately they do happen and that is why it’s important all drivers are aware of the steps that they need to take if they are ever unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident. Here, we’ll take you through the necessary steps you need to take immediately after a crash and prevent a bad situation from getting worse:
- However minor you think the car accident is, you must stop. In fact, failing to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. It is vital to also turn off your engine and ensure that your hazard lights are turned on to alert other road users of your presence.
- Take a look around and if you notice anyone hurt or injured you should call the police and an ambulance, if necessary, as soon as possible. It is important to phone the police if the car accident is blocking the road, so that they can cordon off the road appropriately.
- When you’ve been involved in a car accident, you are obliged to give your details to anyone else involved, including your name and address. However, I would avoid apologising and accepting the blame for the accident until you know precisely what happened as this could count against you at a later date. Even if there aren’t any other people involved and you have hit a parked car, for example, it is common courtesy to leave your details on the windscreen.
It is mandatory to report your accident to the police within 24 hours, as failing to do so could result in receiving a fine, penalty points or even having your licence taken away.
- As well providing information about yourself, it is important that you also collect any necessary information from the drivers involved, passengers and witnesses, including their name, address and contact number. I also recommend taking down the other driver’s insurance details and try to establish whether they are the registered keeper of the vehicle. If they aren’t, find out who is and make a note of their name and address. Dial 999 if they drive away and leave the scene of the accident without giving their car details.
- If possible, I would recommend making a note of the weather conditions on that day as well as anything you may notice about the quality of the road and lighting, as bad weather conditions often have a role to play in road accidents. Take a photo of the scene as proof that you are not at fault. Most mobile phones have cameras and will take adequate shots to help you remember important details.
Here at Bodyshop, we are accident repair specialists and try to take the worry and stress out of an accident. Whatever assistance you require, from a car scratch repair or bodywork dent to large accident repair we can assure you that we will put your mind at ease. If you require any further assistance or advice about what we do or the steps that must be taken at the scene of an accident do not hesitate to get in touch with us.