5 Essential Actions After a Crash

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 11 months ago
    By their very nature, they happen when you least expect them to. Unfortunately, car accidents are a part of motoring and very few of us go through our whole driving careers without some kind of incident. But when the worst happens, what do you do? In the shock and panic of the moment, sometimes it’s easy to lose our heads. Here’s what to do if you’re involved in an accident on the road:

    Keep an Emergency Kit

    A good response to an accident is all about being prepared. So it makes sense to keep an emergency kit stowed in the car just in case. Keep a copy of insurance documents and your licence and registration to hand. It may also help to have a small first aid kit, a flashlight, a window-breaking tool, flares and a reflective triangle available. This kit can also help with breakdowns in bad conditions.

    Move to Safety

    After impact, it’s common to panic and lose all sense of what you’re doing. First check that you and any passengers are okay, and assess any injuries. If someone is hurt or unresponsive, call emergency services straight away. Internal injuries may not always be obvious at first, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Move as soon as possible out of the vehicle and away from other traffic. If the damage to your car is also minor, you may want to move that out of the path of traffic as well. But if you have any concerns about safety, leave the vehicle exactly where it is. Turn on your hazard lights and let others know there’s an obstruction.

    Get the Other Driver’s Information

    It’s important that you collect details from the other driver immediately, no matter who is at fault. Write down their name, contact number, their licence plate, the make and model of their car, and their insurance provider and policy number. Make sure that you don’t sign any documents at this stage.

    Seek Legal Advice

    Car accidents are rarely straightforward, so consider looking into a professional car accident lawyer like GJEL, especially if you have been injured. It will help your case if you take lots of pictures at the scene, including damage to your vehicle and theirs, pictures of any injuries and the position of your cars to each other on the road (this may help to establish who is at fault later on). You may also want to write down or record a note about exactly what happened, as it can be hard to recall details later on. Whatever has happened, remember to keep your cool. It can be tempting to lose your temper in these situations but that is only going to make the situation worse for everyone involved. Keep your conversation with the other driver to the basics - never apologise or admit guilt, as this may be incorrect and could prove problematic later on. Only state the facts and let the legal experts or police determine everything else.
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