Some tips to keep in mind if you have an accident.
We hope it doesn’t happen to you but the chances are at some point you might end up in a fender-bender. So what exactly is the best thing to do at the scene of a crash?
Here are some simple tips on what to do at the scene of a crash to keep in mind;
- Make sure everyone, yourself included, does not require medical assistance.
- Only exit your car and follow these steps in an area/environment that is safe from further dangers.
- It is an offence if you either fail to stop at the scene of an accident or fail to report an accident in which you are involved.
- Never apologize for or admit to any responsibility for the crash.
- Give your vehicle registration number, your name and address, and that of the vehicle owner (if different) to anyone with reasonable grounds for asking for those details.
- If you don’t exchange those details at the scene, you must report the accident at a police station as soon as you can, and in any case within 24 hours.
- You’re obliged to do these things not only when you are directly involved in an accident, but also if your vehicle’s ‘presence’ was a factor.
- Note down a detailed description of what happened, collecting as much information – photographs and notes as you can while at the scene.
- Take note of details such as the date, time, location, weather conditions, traffic conditions, road markings/signs/signals.
- Take note of the vehicles involved – make, model, registration number, colour, condition, estimated speed, direction, use of lights/indicators, number of passengers.
- People – contact details, description/distinguishing features of driver(s), contact details of passengers, pedestrians/other witnesses, details of any police officers involved.
- Damage – description of the damage to vehicles/property and any injuries to people involved.
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