Knowing what to do following a road traffic accident is important
Car accidents can be upsetting and stressful, especially if they occur without warning, through no fault of your own.
If you are involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to seek compensation. However, you will only be able to do so if you can collect evidence in support of your claim. Before gathering evidence, you must do two important things: identify and help the injured, and satisfy your legal requirements. Knowing what to do following a road traffic accident could save lives.
What to do in a car accident – identify the injured and help the injured
1. Check on everyone involved
- Stop in a safe place, switch off your engine and turn your hazard lights on.
- Check on the passengers in your own vehicle.
- If it is safe for you to do so, get out of your vehicle and check on anyone else involved.
- If you encounter any injured individuals, do not move them, unless they are in imminent danger.
2. Call for emergency assistance
- If someone requires emergency medical assistance, call the emergency services. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, you may require the police, ambulance and fire services.
3. Warn other motorists
- Ensure that other motorists are aware of the accident scene. This is critical in areas where there are vast moving vehicles.
- Ensure that there are no hazards that could lead to further injury, such as fuel spillages. If you notice a hazard, it may be necessary for you to move the injured individuals to a safer location.
What to do in a car accident – satisfy your legal requirements
1. Exchange details
- Write down the names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance details of those involved in the accident.
- Present your license, registration and insurance documents to anyone who wishes to see it.
2. Contact the police
- If the police do not attend the scene of the accident, report your accident to a police station within 24 hours.
What to do in a car accident – additional steps to take
You may also wish to:
- Take photographs of the accident scene.
- Create a written account of the sequence of events surrounding your accident.
- Obtain the names and contact details of any witnesses to your accident.
If you’ve been injured and the accident wasn’t your fault you could make a no win, no fee compensation claim through Accident Advice Helpline.
Call our helpline and provide us with your details. Our trained claims advisors will be able to assess your case and answer any queries you may have.
0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 11th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell