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What do you do after car accident?

What to do if you have a car accident

What to do if you have a car accident
The information you should collect from the scene of the car accident
How to claim on your car insurance after an accident
When you should involve the police
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What to do if you have a car accident
It’s not something we like to think about, but car accidents happen – and it’s important you know what to do if you’re caught up in a crash. Here, we’ll show you the steps you need to take to stop a bad situation from getting worse.

Contact the police if someone gets hurt in the car accident
Immediately after a car accident
However minor you think a car accident is, you must stop. In fact, failing to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. You should make sure your car’s engine is switched off, and then turn your hazard lights on to alert other road users to your presence.

Take a look around and if anyone has been injured in the car accident, you should call the police (and an ambulance, if necessary) as soon as possible. The police should also be called if the car accident is blocking the road.

Giving details after a car accident
When you're involved in a car accident, you’re obliged to give your name and address to anyone else involved. However, you should avoid saying sorry or accepting blame for the accident until you know precisely what happened, as it could count against you later on.

You should stop and give your details if you crash into something on or near the road, even if there aren't any other people involved. If you hit a parked car, for example, you should leave your details on the windscreen.

Car accidents should be reported to the police within 24 hours. Failure to do so could result in a fine, penalty points or even disqualification.

After a car accident you should collect as much information as possible
Collecting details after a car accident
If possible, you should collect the following information from any drivers, passengers and witnesses:

contact numbers.
Ask the other drivers involved for their car insurance details, and try to establish whether they are the registered keeper of their vehicle. If they aren’t, find out who is and make a note of their name and address.

If you crash into a vehicle that’s used for work, such as a delivery van, make sure you take down the details of the company concerned.

NB: Call 999 straight away if someone leaves the scene of the car accident without giving their details.

Other information to collect from the car accident
Here are some other important details you should try to collect at the scene of the car accident:

the registration numbers of all vehicles involved, plus a note of each vehicle’s colour, make and model
the time and date of the crash
a sketch showing the positions of vehicles involved
a description of the weather conditions, plus anything unusual you notice about the road quality or lighting
the names of any witnesses or police officers at the scene
a list of damage to vehicles, and a description of any injuries sustained by pedestrians, drivers and passengers.

If possible, take some pictures of the car accident
You may find it useful to take photos of the car accident for use as evidence. Some drivers carry disposable cameras for this purpose, but most modern mobile phones will take good enough shots to help you remember important details.

Making an insurance claim after a car accident
Make sure you tell your insurer about the car accident as soon as you can. Failure to do so within the time period set out in your policy may invalidate your cover – leaving you with a big bill to pay. Always inform your car insurance company about the accident – even if you don’t want to make a claim.

You should give your insurance firm as much information about the car accident as you can, as it will help them process your claim.


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  2. A car accident compensation claim is even for drivers who are the utmost careful drivers in the world as there are no guarantees that a car accident can occur. As a matter of fact, you could have some sort of accident sooner or later. Possibly the fault of someone else's stupidity.

    Therefore you should know how to react in such a situation, how to avoid any problems and how to make a successful compensation claim.

    Right after an accident you should have at least done the following - exchanged details with all parties involved: name, address, phone number, policy number and insurance company's name, car and registration plate number. If any of the drivers isn't the owner of the car he was driving, you still need that person's name, as he was driving at the time. Visit http://www.accidentsdirect.com/ for more information.