Things to consider if you have suffered a road traffic accident
Involvement in a road traffic accident – what to do and what not to do
- Always seek medical attention if you need it. If you are not able to phone an ambulance yourself, try and signal a witness to help you.
- Try and make sure that you are in a safe place. If you are in the path of traffic, try and get help to make yourself as visible as possible to avoid any further accidents. Use car hazard lights and, if it’s dark, headlights.
- Call the police and ask them to attend. Police should always attend a serious road traffic accident – they help to protect you and other road users from further harm. The police will record the incident. Make sure you ask them to keep you fully informed of the case.
- Try to take the details of any witnesses, including name, mobile number, address and, if they are willing, place of work – anything that makes it easier to get in contact with them at a later date.
- If you are able, take photos of the scene and of the person responsible for your accident.