Although a road traffic accident can leave you feeling extremely shaken and upset, it is important that you try to stay as calm as possible and swap details following the incident.
No matter where you feel the blame should be placed, when you have been involved in a car accident it is essential that you deal with matters efficiently and with a level head. Regardless of whether you are to blame or not, your manner at this point may eventually be reflected upon in court when you need to have the best representation of yourself.
Forget being on first name basis, swap details in full
One of the very first details to obtain following a road traffic accident, is the other driver’s name. While this may seem obvious, don’t forget that many individuals do use alternative names.
In the event of an upsetting event, make it clear to the other driver that you need their legal name when you swap details – as stated on their insurance policy.
Note down any first, middle and surnames. If you want to make sure, you can ask if the driver has gone by any other names, as they may have recently married or had a change in personal circumstance.
Other details you will need
Other details that you need to gather following a car accident, include:
- Car registration details
- Address of driver
- Contact number of driver
- Details of any witnesses of the collision, including name, address and contact number
It is also useful to write a short factual statement while events are clear in your head. You may find this a beneficial aid later down the line.
Other things to do
As well as staying calm and collected following an accident on the road, you must also ring emergency services if anyone involved in the crash requires medical attention. Depending on the severity of the road traffic accident, you may also need intervention from the fire and police services.
It is imperative that you comply with the requests of the emergency services and aim to be as helpful as possible.
Injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault?
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you incurred.
Go online today and try Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test – a compensation calculator that gathers the basic details of your case and helps their expert team determine whether or not your claim is likely to be successful.
Date Published: February 2, 2014
Author: David Brown