What to do in the event of an Accident – The Motorly Guide
As the weather and the driving conditions become more unpredictable, it’s important to be prepared if an accident does happen. Unfortunately, car accidents can happen to anyone. Follow these steps to make sure the process is as simple and stress-free as possible:
1. Stop Your Car – First and foremost, stop your car. Even if you think the accident was minor, you must stop. Make sure that everyone is safe and that the other drivers involved are aware of the incident.
2. Check for Injuries – Check yourself and anyone else in the car for any injuries. If someone is injured, call 999 as soon as possible. Do not leave the scene. Wait for medical assistance to arrive.
3. Move Your Car – If you can, move your car out of the way of traffic, or to the side of the road. This will reduce the risk of another accident occurring.
4. Notify the Police – If anyone is injured or if there is any significant damage, you should call the police to report the accident. The police will create an accident report and will also help to direct traffic around the accident.
5. Exchange Information – Exchange information with the other driver involved in the accident. Make sure to get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, license plate number, and insurance information.
6. Take Photos – Take pictures of the accident scene. Include photos of the damage to your car, the other car, and any other evidence that can help to prove who was at fault.
7. The More Information the better – The more information you collect, the better. As well as taking photos, it’s also a good idea to write down what happened, to remind yourself later.
8. Contact Your Insurance Company – Contact your insurance company as soon as possible and report the accident. Make sure to provide the insurance company with all of the information you have collected, including photos and the police report.
9. Seek Legal Advice – If you feel you have been wronged or are in any way unsure of the legalities of the situation, seek legal advice. An experienced solicitor will be able to to help.
Following these steps will help to ensure that you are prepared in the event of a car accident.