Being involved in a car crash can be a frightening experience whether you are the driver or the passenger. It can be hard in a moment of panic to keep your mind on what you should be doing. Therefore it is best to learn in advance what to do after a car crash in order to prepare yourself should the worst-case scenario occur.
The first thing to do is to make sure you have the right safety features in your car. Car reviews can give you an idea of what kind of features – such as airbags – are available in a particular model to help avoid accidents and limit damage. And of course, on every journey make sure your passengers are wearing their seatbelts.
The next thing to do is to have items in your car to prepare you for what happens after an accident. A notepad, pen and disposable camera are all relatively inexpensive items that can save you a lot of effort at a later point.
Why these three items are important:
- Taking witnesses’ details – If you have a paper and pen you can get the names and contact details of any witnesses to the accident. Some people have been known to defraud insurance companies and this will be harder if there is any evidence contradicting that. As well as passengers and the other driver involved you can also talk to people who saw the incident and find out if they would be prepared to give a statement to your solicitor. You should also note the name and number of any police officer who arrives at the scene.
- Photographic evidence – With a disposable camera (or alternatively your phone’s camera) you can capture details of the accident. This might include damage to vehicles, marks on the road, relevant signs, weather conditions and the number of people or vehicles involved in the accident.
- Insurance details – You can take down the details of the other person(s) involved in the incident. It also means if they attempt to falsify their details you have proof of this!
What to do after a car crash – Stay calm!
Remember after an accident to take deep breaths and do your utmost not to panic. With heightened emotions there is always the danger of doing something silly. Being abusive or confrontational is unlikely to help you in the event of making a claim. Even if the other person involved is abusive it is not advisable to fight fire with fire.
Finally, before you contact your insurer it is worth contacting the Accident Advice Helpline. We can guide you through the compensation claim process and do our utmost to get you the compensation you deserve.
With over 13 years’ experience we can calmly guide you through the process. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day and we have a large team of experienced professionals who can discuss your claim and the options available to you. Contact us today to see why people trust us to get the compensation they deserve.