If you’ve been involved in a collision, it’s important to be aware of what to do in the aftermath. Not acting appropriately after the collision can result in you being held liable for an accident or injury that was not your fault – this can be extremely costly. Most people in the UK may take for granted knowing how to act after an accident, but being aware may be extremely useful in the future.
No one wants to get in an accident, but sometimes it can be unavoidable. This article is a guide on what to do after you’ve been in an accident. You should make sure to keep each tip in your mind should something go wrong – it could save you money, time, and a headache.
As soon as you’ve been in an auto collision, you should turn your motor off – you don’t want to risk further damaging your car or causing injury by leaving your motor running. You should also place you hazard lights on to indicate to other drivers that you’ve been in an accident – the last thing you want is to create a large accident and put yourself and others at risk.
Next, check yourself and your passengers for injuries, and then exit the car if it is safe to do so. You should now check on the others involved in the accident and ensure they are okay. If someone has been injured, call the police and an ambulance straight away. If no one is injured, make note of this and avoid accepting any responsibility if you do not believe the accident to be your fault – you don’t want your words to be used against you in the future.
Do NOT get angry. You do not want to cause yourself future problems by losing your temper or self-control.
Exchange and Record Details
Next, you should begin to exchange and record all the details you possibly can. Provide the other driver with you name, number, address, and your insurance information. You should then record the details of the other driver, as well as any witnesses to the accident. Ensure that the driver is the registered owner of the vehicle. If not, get the registered owners details as well.
You should also record the make, colour, model, and number plate of the other vehicles. As well as details about the driving conditions, weather, and date and time of the crash. Make sure you check all vehicles to record what type of damage was inflicted – be thorough. Also, take picture of the vehicles and record any claims of injuries.
Calling the Police
If you’ve been involved in a minor accident and were not first planning on calling the police, there are a few situations where you should do so regardless. If the driver drives away, call the police immediately. In addition, if you think the driver is under the influence, has no insurance, or caused an accident on purpose or out of anger, you should also call the police.
The longer you leave to make a claim, the more it may be perceived that something is your fault. You should aim to begin the claiming process as quickly as possible.