Being residents of Sheffield, this isn’t something that you like to think about – but there are car crash victims in Sheffield, and beyond.
It is very important that we know what to do if we ever are car crash victims in Sheffield ourselves. You will find, right here, the steps you should take right after a car crash, in order to prevent a bad situation from turning into a crisis.
Free advice for car crash victims in Sheffield
Bring your vehicle to a complete stop
Regardless of how minor you believe your accident to be, you have to stop – failure to do so is an offence. Once stopped, kill the power to your engine and switch on your hazard lights.
Call the emergency services
If you suspect that anybody is or could be injured, call the emergency services and give them as much detail as you can. The operator will inform the appropriate services depending on the details you have given, but police officers will always attend.
Avoid apologising or accepting blame for the accident until you know exactly what has happened, as it could go 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 always be reported to police within 24 hours. Failure to do so could result in a fine, penalty points or even disqualification.
Collect details after a car accident
If possible, you should collect the following information from drivers, passengers and any other witnesses:
- Addresses; and
- Contact numbers.
Ask the other drivers involved in the accident for their car insurance details.
Always dial 999 straight away if someone leaves the scene of the car accident without giving their details.
Other details to collect
- Registration numbers and each vehicle’s colour, make and model;
- Time and date of the accident;
- 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; and
- A list of damage to vehicles and a description of any injuries sustained by pedestrians, drivers and passengers.
If you are able to collect the above – although it is not mandatory – then you are helping to build a much stronger case. Regardless, you should only do these things if it is safe to do so and there is no risk to you or anybody else.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now
If you or someone you know have been car crash victims in Sheffield in the past three years and want to talk to an adviser about making a claim, just dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.