Things To Do After A Car Accident

Having a car accident or dealing with a car accident in which a family member is involved is stressful, yet it’s important to try to stay calm and focused. It also raises dozens of questions at once:

  • Should I call the police?
  • Should I move my car?
  • When should I make a claim?

Two Key Things You Need to keep in mind If You Have a Car Accident

  • Always stop if you are involved in an accident, this is your legal obligation. Even if you do not think there was any damage, any time you collide with something, you need to stop your car.
  • Never admit responsibility for the accident – it is not easy to deal with these situations. Our expert advice is not to speak to the other parties involved in the accident in detail and try not to discuss the situation of the accident but always speak to the police, medical staff and to your insurance company.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Deal with Car Accident

There are many ways to avoid a car accident but once one happens it is important to know what to do and what questions may need to be answered by the other person involved in order to make your insurance claim. This checklist will help you know what to do after a car accident. It is best to review it now and then print it out and keep a copy with you in your car.

Steps to follow at the car accident scene

  • Safety First.
  • Check yourself for injuries.
  • Check on the well-being of your passengers.
  • Call 999.
  • Wait for help.
  • Exchange information.
  • Document the accident.
  • Notify your insurer.
  • When can I make a claim?

Safety First

If you are ever involved in a car accident, keep this in mind …

Always make yourself and your passengers are safe first.

If the car accident is minor, move vehicles out of traffic to a safe place.

  • Turn off your vehicle, and turn on the hazard lights.
  • Use cones, warning triangles, or flares for added safety, if you have them.

If the car accident is major, then immediately call 999.

Check Yourself for Injuries

Stay calm and focused. Check yourself from head to toe to see if you’ve suffered any injury. If you’re injured, call 999 or ask someone else to do so.

If you’re seriously injured, try not to move, and wait for emergency services.

Check on the Well-Being of Your Passengers

If you’re not too hurt and can move about without causing any damage to your wellbeing, check on the other passengers in your car. If anyone’s injured, call 999 immediately or get someone else to call the emergency services.

Do not move any seriously injured passenger as it could cause serious damage to their health.

Call Emergency Services – 999

Whether the car accident is considered a minor or a major collision, calling the police is very important and in some situations, it’s legally required. The responding officers will fill out an accident report and document the scene.

If the police can’t come to the scene of the accident, you can go to the nearest police station and complete a report yourself.

Wait for Help

Stay calm and focused. It might not be easy to wait but once you have followed the above steps wait for the help from the emergency services. Never take any action which could risk your well-being or safety of other road users.

Exchange Information

After making sure you and any passengers are uninjured, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. According to the most important information includes:

Information to be Collected About the other Driver

  • Name of Driver
  • Address of Driver
  • Phone number or other contact information

Information to be Collected About the Other Driver’s Insurance Company

  • insurance company name
  • insurance company policy number

Information to be Collected About the Other Car Involved in the Accident

  • Vehicle Description, Make, Model and Year – Consider taking photos for your own record if it is possible.
  • Vehicle registration information

Document the Accident

  • Date and Time of the Accident
  • Address of the accident, or approximate address
  • The direction you were traveling in
  • The direction the other car was traveling in
  • Road you are on and the nearest junction
  • Take photos from a few angles or sketch a diagram of the Car Accident scene
  • What happened (As soon as you can write out your account of what happened, or use your mobile phone to record yourself telling all the details for your own records. It’s easy to forget the details when you are all shook up from a car accident, so recording yourself talking about it might help).
  • Any notes regarding the driving conditions, the weather, visibility
  • Any witnesses names and contact information
  • The name, registration plate, and contact information for any police officer who comes to the accident

Notify your Insurer

You may want to call your insurance company while you’re at the car accident scene. That way, they can tell you exactly what they will need to in order to process your claim.

When can I make a Car Accident Claim?

You can start the car accident claim process immediately at the scene and add further details when things are calmer.

After the car accident, the following two factors will help you win compensation for the car accident and make your accident claim successful.

  • Get all the facts about your car accident
  • Contact your insurance company and file a claim but sometimes it is better to hire an accident claims company, who can help you throughout the process and take the headache of dealing with insurance companies and solicitors away from you.

An accident can leave even the most seasoned driver frazzled and shaky, but following these steps may help protect you from unnecessary worries. That way, you can work with your insurance or accident claims company to get your vehicle repaired and bring your life back to normality as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

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Here at our team of solicitors are experts in dealing with personal injury claims and one of our specialist area is to deal with Car Accident Claims. Over the past few years our solicitors have won over £1m in car accident compensation claims.

If you’ve had a car accident where someone else was either fully or partly to blame, you could be entitled to compensation. Our specialist car accident claims solicitors here can help you get access to rehabilitation and medical support as well as financial compensation for your injuries.