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December 03, 2014

5 Tips To Follow If You’re Involved In An Accident

Airbag_accident_broken_windshield-thinkstock-116809150-sIt’s holiday shopping and travel season, and with more people out and about on the road, chances for a car accident can increase. Getting involved in an accident on the road can leave the driver confused and unsure of what to do, so it’s good to know ahead of time what to do in case of any road accidents. Here are a few reminders:

1) Report the accident
If you are involved in an accident, you have to make an assessment whether you have injured someone else, or have caused damage to the property of another, or if an animal like a dog or deer has been injured by the crash. If you are involved in an accident, you are legally required to stop and remain at the scene for any person to get your contact details. If someone is seriously hurt, call for paramedics so they can be given ample help. If there is no one to ask for your details or they are too hurt to ask, you are required to call the authorities and report the accident. Always have your insurance certificate with you so the involved parties can contact the insurance company for claims.

1403_AP-car_accident-thinkstock-4556825732) Take photographs
It’s always a good idea to document what happened. Take pictures of the scene, the damage caused, the plate numbers of the cars involved, and other vital information. Almost everyone owns a camera phone nowadays, so it shouldn’t be difficult to document the scene. However, make sure you are not using the camera phone while still behind the wheel as this invites criminal prosecution.

3) Take notes
When documenting the scene, make sure to take note of a few details including the date and time of the accident, the vehicle details, the contact details of the owner, the damages caused to the vehicles involved, and any injury caused to the passengers. This information will be important when the authorities show up to clear the scene.

4) Unsure of whether or not to report it?
It’s always better to err on the side of caution. If you caused any damage to property aside from your car, it’s a good bet someone will want you to pay for its repair. It’s better to report it to the police so they can contact you when someone turns up.

5) What if you are the one injured?
If you have sustained an injury during the accident, it would be better to stay put and wait for paramedics to arrive. If you have your phone within your reach, call the emergency numbers so someone can come to you. This is very important if you are travelling on a vacant road in an unpopulated area, as it might take some time before someone comes along and notices the accident. If you see smoke and you’re still inside your car, try to get out and get away from the scene. If not, and the car is not in any precarious position, like poised on a cliff, don’t move. You might be doing more damage to yourself if you move, so just stay put and wait for paramedics and the authorities to arrive.


Anna_Helen_JonesGuest post by Anna Helen Jones

Anna is a freelance writer with an interest in a variety of topics beyond automotive subjects, including natural health, wellbeing topics, and holistic therapies. 




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