What to Do If You’re Involved in a Road Traffic Accident
Car accidents can be a scary ordeal and being involved in one can be quite a scarring experience. Alongside this, car accidents can result in more than just psychological damage. Physical injuries and financial losses can make being involved in a car accident a real worry for many people, which is why it’s important that you know exactly what to do if you are involved in an accident.
If you have been in an accident and damage has been caused to a car, surrounding area or if another person involved has been injured then you must stop your car immediately at the scene. No matter how minor you may think that the accident is, it can be an offence to leave the scene. Switch off the engine and turn on your hazard lights.
If you crash on a busy road with cars approaching, manoeuvre your car to the side of the road only if it is close. If you are stuck in the centre of a busy road, remain in your car and only attempt to move it off of the road if traffic has been brought to a halt.
If any injury was caused to anyone then you should call an ambulance as soon as possible if necessary. If the accident has obstructed the road you can also call the police.
You should give your details, including your name and address, to anyone involved for insurance purposes. If you talk to the police or the person involved in the accident, do not apologise or accept blame for the crash as this can be used against you later on if someone wants to make a claim against you. However, you should also be warry of potential fraudsters that have been known to stage a crash on purpose to make an insurance claim. If you have reason to suspect that foul play was involved and you may be the victim of a ‘crash for cash’ scam, you should contact the police and do not give your details to the other person until there is an officer present. In future, you can avoid falling victim to these scams by putting a dash cam in your car.
When talking to the other driver if there was one involved, note down their name and address as well as their registration and insurance details.
Collect as much information about the crash as you can. Take photos of any damages to either car, note the time and day, the weather, the location and while the accident is fresh in your mind, write down the events that led up to the accident.
If you were injured during the accident when the other driver was responsible, you can make a claim for compensation. If your injury is severe enough to affect your ability to work or affect your day-to-day life, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline for road traffic accident claims. They offer free advice for injured persons involved in any kind of accident and can help you put together a strong case for your claim.