Your post-accident roadside guide
A survey carried out by Kwik Fit has shown that many motorists are trying to save cash by skipping regular servicing of their car. This can make their motors more dangerous and increase the chance of being involved in an accident. Plus, insurers could be less inclined to pay out if your car isn’t deemed roadworthy at the time of an accident.
If you’re unlucky enough to get involved in a shunt, here’s a brief guide to some of the things you should remember to do. You might want to print it out and keep it in your glove box along with a notepad and pen for those panicked moments after an accident when it’s hard to think straight.
- Get the contact details, car registrations and insurance company details of anyone else involved in the accident. This includes any witnesses.
- Do NOT admit liability. If the other party does admit liability, ask them if they’ll confirm it in writing there and then.
- If anyone is injured as a result of the accident, you are legally obliged to call the police. An ambulance might be necessary too.
- If the police attend the scene, get the names and ID numbers of the attending officers.
- Take as many photos of the scene as safety allows. If you don’t have a camera phone, it could be worth keeping a disposable camera in your car at all times.
- Take notes about the accident scene, including positions of vehicles, weather conditions, road conditions, estimated speeds of the vehicles involved, skid marks, points of contact on the cars involved. Make a sketch of the scene if possible.
- Ring this guy (below). Actually, don’t.
If you think we’ve missed anything, please add to the list in the comments box below. Because knowledge is power and all that. Stay safe you beautiful Bitterwalleters.