What to Do In The Event of an Accident?
Accidents happen, sometimes irrespective of our best intentions and the checks and balances we may impose on our own driving. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts in the event of an accident.
- Stop the car. Switch off the engine. Turn on the hazard lights. It is illegal to leave the site of a car accident you are involved in.
- Check if you or anyone else is hurt/ groggy. If yes, call the emergency number/ 911.
- Call the police. Car accidents should be reported to the police within 24 hours.
- Call your insurance agent. If possible ask him/her to reach the site to assist you in the process of gather information for later claims.
- Give your name and address to the police and others involved in the accident without hesitation. In case it is a parked vehicle, leave the same detail on the windshield.
- Note insurance details of everyone involved and confirm that the driver is the legitimate owner of the vehicle. If not, also collect owner details.
- Call 999/ emergency services immediately if someone leaves the scene of the car accident without giving their details.
- For use as evidence and for insurance purposes, make sure that you have the following
- Photograph of the damage and of the positions of vehicles involved.
- The registration numbers of all vehicles involved, plus a note of each vehicle’s color, make and model
- The date, time and location of the crash
- 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
- A list of damage to vehicles and a description of any injuries sustained by pedestrians, drivers and passengers.
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