Let’s hope that you are never involved in a road traffic accident but if you are have you any idea what things you may need to do? Below we list some of the actions that you may need to take.
• You should stop and not leave the scene of an accident that you are involved in whether it is your fault or the other parties. Make sure that the car engine is turned off and put on your hazard warning lights.
• Call the appropriate emergency services if required i.e. if someone is injured or if the road is blocked or if a vehicle involved in the accident just drives off. In any event, the police need to be informed of a road traffic accident within 24 hours of it happening.
• You should exchange certain personal details with the other parties involved such as your name, address, phone number and details of your insurer.
• Make a note of the date and time of the accident, vehicle registration numbers and the weather conditions.
• If there are witnesses to the road traffic accident then you should ask them for their details if they are prepared to act as a witness.
• Take photos of the accident scene including damage to the vehicles/property involved and try to make a drawing of where the vehicles are situated.
• Write down details of any injuries caused to people as well as any damage to vehicles and other property.
• Try to safely warn other approaching traffic of the incident.
• You will need to notify your car insurance company about the accident and this should be done as quickly as possible and within the timescale mentioned in the policy document so that your claim can be processed in a timely manner.
We hope that the above information is of use should you be involved in a road traffic accident.