Motor vehicles, especially cars, are both a blessing and a curse in these modern times. They are an effective and swift means of transportation, and we use them extensively to go to work, visit with friends and family, and basically everywhere else. Yet, they are potential hazards as well, as apparent from the number of road traffic accidents that tend to occur each year around the globe. And while most of us hope that we are never involved in one, they can be unavoidable at times. So, how does one deal with a road traffic accident if they are unfortunate enough to actually be part of one?
Calm Wins the Day
It is extremely crucial, even if counterintuitive, to stay calm following a road traffic accident. It allows you to retain your senses and be aware of everything around you. It also helps you function more effectively, so that you can deal with the situation in the best possible manner. You will be able to help people around you if needed, and stay out of any possible altercations.
Anger Usually Ruins It
Although it is not advisable, you are allowed to panic in such a situation. But you should never become angry in the aftermath of a road traffic accident. Anger has the potential to ruin the best of circumstances, and accidents tend to lean towards the worst without you helping to confound the situation. It can also repel people who would have otherwise been willing to help you, and it can make the other driver extremely uncooperative.
Services to Save the Day
Now that you’ve made sure that you’re staying calm and not getting angry, you need to call the local emergency services without any further delay. When calm, you’ll be able to talk to them and provide them with accurate information, such as your location, more effectively. This will ensure that they get to the scene of the accident as expediently as possible. Once they arrive, assist them however you can while helping the people, if any, involved in the accident.
Once you have accomplished all of the tasks listed above, swap insurance policy numbers with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Ensure that you get the vehicle licence plates and policy numbers as well, in case it was a serious accident. These details will help process your road traffic accident claim quickly and smoothly.
All the Evidence
Even if you doubt that it is a matter for the courts, it is always helpful to collect as much evidence as you possibly can from the scene of the incident. This evidence would contribute significantly to any court case, and usually includes photographs of the scene, photographs of the damage inflicted upon the vehicles, and any eyewitnesses who were present. Make sure you collect phone numbers and email addresses from these eyewitness, just in case you need to call upon their help in the future.
It is better to not be in a road traffic accident at all than to have to deal with one, yet we are not always fortunate. Call Accident Advice helpline if you need advice or help in dealing with an accident that you were involved in.
Date Published: October 6, 2013
Author: David Brown