No one wants to be involved in a road traffic accident, but it can happen in the bat of an eye. Whether it’s your fault or someone else’s, a small bump or a big crash it can be a big shock. Call Brian has put together a check list of things to you need to do if you find yourself involved in a car accident, to make things less of a blur.
Immediately after the accident
- Stop the car in a safe place as soon as possible.
- Turn off the engine and switch the hazard lights on.
- Check for any injuries to yourself or your passengers.
- Call the police and/or an ambulance immediately if anyone is hurt or if the road is blocked.
- Try to remain as calm as possible ty and take care of the situation the best you can. Don’t lose your temper.
- Don’t apologise or admit responsibility for the accident until you’re completely aware of what happened – this can protect you from liability if it wasn’t your fault.
Call the police if
- If the other driver or drivers leave the scene without giving details.
- If you think the other driver has no insurance or is under the influence of drink or drugs.
- If you suspect that the other driver caused the collision deliberately.
It is important to inform the police about the accident within 24 hours – if you don’t you may be given a fine, points on your licence, or even a disqualification from driving.
Motoring details you need to exchange
- By law you should share your name and address with everyone involved if the accident (damage or injury)
- Swap insurance information and details with the other driver(s) – This should include insurance company and policy number.
- Record the details of any witnesses or passengers to the accident.
- Try to find out if the other driver is the registered owner of the vehicle, if they are not, find out who the owner is and get that information too. For example, it might be a company car.
- If a foreign lorry is involved, get the numbers on both the lorry and its trailer as sometimes they are different. It’s also a good idea to get the name of the company.
Information you should gather about the accident scene
- The make, model, colour, and vehicle registration of the vehicles involved in the accident. If possible, take pictures.
- The time, date and location of the crash.
- The driving conditions such as the weather, lighting, and road quality.
- What damage was caused to the vehicles and where.
- Any injuries to drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.
It’s important to remember that some injures may not fully surface until a couple of days after an accident.
Top tip: Use your phone to take pictures of the scene, the positions of the vehicles involved, and damage to the vehicles.
If you are the only person involved in the accident, for instance you caused damage to private property or a parked car, you should leave your details. If a witness or CCTV camera saw you and noted your car number but you drove off, you could land yourself in serious trouble. It pays to be honest.
How Call Brian can help after an accident
Call Brian is designed to remove the time, expense and inconvenience associated with road traffic accidents. If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, fault or non-fault Call Brian to see if we can help.
If appropriate Call Brian will come and recover your damaged car and take it to an approved local repair centre to assess the damage. If appropriate we will also issue you with a like for like hire car. The best thing is if you’re not at fault, it won’t cost you a penny. You won’t even have to pay your insurance excess.
If you or any of your passengers have also sustained injury in the road accident. Call Brian can assess your circumstances and identify the right law firm to handle your case against the third party – no win, no fee. Call Brian may even be able to help you recover loss of earnings due to not being able to work as a result of your injuries. We can even help you with any medical assistance you may need.
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