Driving is probably the most dangerous thing you will ever do. According to government statistics, there are 1,900 fatalities and over 22,000 injuries from road traffic accidents in 2012/13. Although we realise that you always try to drive responsibly, it is still essential for you to keep the following accident protocol tips at the forefront of your mind:
- Keep calm
After a road traffic accident, you may feel a wide range of emotions. Whether you are experiencing shock, horror, nervousness, anger or fear, you should take a few deep breaths to keep yourself calm.
- Protect yourself and your fellow road users
If you cannot get out of your vehicle – or it is not safe for you to do so – keep your seat belt on, switch on your hazard lights, call 999 and wait for the emergency services to arrive. If your accident was only minor and you are able to get out of your vehicle, you should turn off your engine and grab your emergency kit. If it is safe to do so, set up warning triangles around the accident site. Alternatively, make an effort to move your vehicle to a safe place.
- Check for injuries
You should check on everyone involved in the accident to determine whether they have sustained any injuries. If you require medical assistance, call 999 and request an ambulance, if you have not already done so.
- Take notes
Before leaving the scene, you should record the names, addresses, contact details, registration plate numbers and insurance policy details of the drivers involved in the accident. If you can describe your accident in words, you should also make a written record of the event.
- Obtain the details of any witnesses to your accident
If there were any witnesses to your accident, you should try to obtain their names and contact details so that your accident lawyer in Rotherwick can obtain honest accounts of the events leading up to your accident.
Contacting an accident lawyer in Rotherwick
If you sustained an injury in the accident, you should contact an accident lawyer in Rotherwick as soon as possible. At Accident Advice Helpline, we can provide you with a personal injury expert on a 100% no win, no fee basis, enabling you to make a risk-free compensation claim. Your accident lawyer in Rotherwick will help you to claim for a range of losses and expenses, including your travel expenses and medical treatment charges.
Date Published: 4th March 2014
Author: David Brown