What To Do in a Car Accident

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 6 months ago

    If you’ve ever been in a car crash then you’ll know the world slows down a little as it’s happening, it’s a strange phenomenon that makes it feel like you’re almost in a movie with special effects - until BANG.  At this point, you come back down to Earth and as the panic creeps in, your heart starts racing, adrenaline starts pumping, and the world speeds up as if to compensate for the slow motion effect that took place only moments ago.

    Of course, after the accident, you might want to consider getting in touch with a specialist car accident compensation lawyer but in the moments immediately after an accident there are a few things you need to do in order to ensure safety, fairness and to reduce your exposure to risk.


    The first consideration is the safety of yourself, other passengers and other road users.  In this sense, the first thing to do is check that everyone is alright within your vehicle.  If you can pull over to the side of the road, to make the scene a little safer, that’s advisable - but if you can’t then you will want to switch the engine off and get away from the vehicle.

    If people are hurt, then it’s important to call for emergency services as soon as possible, though there’s a chance this has already been taken care of by onlookers.  Check yourself, as sometimes the adrenaline in your body means that you might not be aware or feel the pain of an injury in the moment, yet, you could be in a serious state without even feeling it.  

    Therefore, visually check yourself and others to ensure you know what you’re dealing with.


    Try to remain calm, and not angry or aggressive.  There’s a good chance all parties will be in shock which means irrespective of blame, you’re all suffering from this experience.  It’s important you don’t lose your temper, but at the same time, many people feel it’s important to not apologise or admit responsibility.

    If nobody is hurt, and you’re able to drive away, simply exchange details in case either party wishes to claim on their insurance policy.  Alternatively, if the police are on their way, they’ll take care of this for you.


    It’s hopefully obvious when to call an ambulance, yet many people are unsure when calling the police is a warranted course of action.  The times to call the police tend to be if the accident is serious enough to have caused serious injury, or has rendered a road to be blocked or obstructed.  If the other driver leaves the scene without providing details, that’s something you might want to call the police about - and/or if the drive appears to have no insurance or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    In summary, the first focus must be on the safety of yourself and others - then approach the situation with caution given the potential for road rage and/or claims being made against you should you apologise or admit responsibility.  Then, if the situation calls for it, give the police a call and report the accident.


    Latest Articles

    See All
    • Getting Your Car Ready For a Spring Road Trip
      Getting Your Car Ready For a Spring Road Trip

      March 20, 2019 - Who can resist all of the fun journeys across the United States? Before you get to enjoy the trip, however, you’ll need to make sure your car is in the right condition. We take a look at a few preparation options for your vehicle below.

    • 3 Tricks for Reducing Driving Test Stress
      3 Tricks for Reducing Driving Test Stress

      March 14, 2019 - No one really wants to be the person who only passes their driving test on the fifth attempt, and yet that does happen to people, and not so rarely, either....

    • Repairing Your BMW
      Repairing Your BMW

      March 14, 2019 - The type of service you need depends on your car; the make of it, how old it is, how long it has been since your last service and how many miles you have driven.

    • Is It Time To Get A New Car?
      Is It Time To Get A New Car?

      March 7, 2019 - Like all good things, the relationship with your current vehicle needs to come to an end. For most people, it’s not a question of if, but when, and it’s not always easy to make the decision to part with your car and invest in a new one.

    • Responsibility On And Off The Road In Terms Of Yourself, Other People, And Your Car
      Responsibility On And Off The Road In Terms Of You...

      February 27, 2019 - There’s a lot you can do to be more responsible as a car owner whether you’re on or off the road. If you want to protect yourself, other people on the road (or in your vehicle), and your car itself then these helpful suggestions should help you to ta

    • Diving Down The Repair Hole: Car Fixes You Should Never Do!
      Diving Down The Repair Hole: Car Fixes You Should ...

      February 20, 2019 - It's always tempting for us to try and save a bit of money by doing car repairs ourselves. After all, it's not that hard, is it? We know our car pretty well, so surely we can at least do the majority of these fixes?

    • Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons
      Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons

      February 15, 2019 - So, let’s simplify things. Below, we’ve looked at the pros and cons of each of the three options, so you can see - at a glance - which might be the most suitable for you.

    • Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss
      Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss

      February 15, 2019 - Here, we’ll talk about how you can cut down your car maintenance costs like a boss. Whether you have a little run around or a more expensive sports car, the below tips will help you to cut back on unnecessary payments.

    • 5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs
      5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs

      February 15, 2019 - A single repair can land you in financial trouble if you don’t have the money to cover it, but you can’t really avoid it. If the car is broken and you need it, you’ll have to get it fixed whether you can afford it or not. That might mean borrowing mo

    • What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident
      What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident

      February 15, 2019 - This is a worst-case scenario, and we’ve knocked on wood that you or your child will never have to experience this throughout their whole driving career. But well-wishes and hopes don’t help much when the event has just taken place. Instead, you want

    Share This!