While we hope it never happens to you, it’s worth knowing what steps to take after a car accident in case it ever does.
One of the most important things to bear in mind is to gather as much information from the scene as you can. If you can’t get all the details you need at the time of the accident, you may have to return to the scene afterwards. It’s worth keeping a notebook and pen in the car, to jot things down. This will help with any subsequent claims for personal injury compensation – as will photos of the scene and the damage done.
Some people keep a disposable camera in the glove department , but these days most mobile phones will take images of a good enough quality.
Information to collect after an accident
The steps to take after a car accident are all important in their own way. Just some of them are:
- Make a note of the date and time of the incident
- Collect contact details like names, phone numbers and addresses for motorists, passengers and pedestrians who were involved. If someone was driving for work, you should also get their employer’s details.
- Record vehicle details such as registration number, model and make, colour, how many people were travelling in each vehicle and any distinguishing modifications to any vehicles.
- Note if injuries were sustained by anyone involved
- See if damage was caused to every vehicle involved involved
- Get the insurance details for the other motorist
- Make a note of light conditions, visibility and weather at the time of the collision
- Take down details of any police officer’s force, “collar number”
- Ask yourself if the other party using indicators and headlights?
You may also want to note down an estimate of the speeds being travelled, the kind of road the accident took place on, and to do a rough sketch of vehicles’ positions.
Another thing to remember when thinking about what steps to take after a car accident is to understand that you must give the other motorist your details as well, and tell your insurance company as soon as you can.
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Date Published: 11th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell