What should you do in an car accident?
March 31, 2016 at 1:34 PM
Even though the roads are getting safer, there are many car accidents still happening and lives tragically being cut short. If you are a car owner and have been involved in a car accident, it is natural to be shaky or scared. We hope that you never have to experience it, but in case you ever do here is a guide from Chris Waite Car Sales.
The First Step
The most important thing to do is to remain as calm as possible. Move to a safe area and stop the vehicle straight away in case either a pet or a person has been injured. Do not leave the scene unless instructed so by a member of the police. Check the casualties before the property damage.
It is a criminal offence not to stop the car after an accident and it is also an offence not to report it to the police. It is important to dial 999 if you or anyone else is injured. Inform the police that there has been an accident and get medical attention for those who need it. You may also apply first aid if you feel competent to do so. The emergency service will arrive as soon as possible. It is also important to gather as much information as possible, failure to do so may result in a hefty penalty.
Information to exchange between drivers or witnesses
- Registration numbers
- Telephone numbers
- Home or company address
- Insurance details
- Take pictures of property damage
- Names of any drivers and witnesses
If the other driver fails to give you any important information, then you must report this to the police.
Once the emergency services are here, you may contact your insurance company and explain what has happened. Use the information gathered to support your claims. It is also important to keep track of your medical treatment such as keeping proof of appointments and medication used to ease pain or any disabilities caused.
Hire an attorney
It is a good idea to hire an attorney as they can help you defend yourself if you need to go to court. Keep a folder of all the information gathered since the accident and keep a note of dates and times of the accident and any times you had to get medical attention or contact your insurance company. Consulting an attorney as early as possible can help reduce the outstanding fees you may have to pay.