Involved in a car accident and don’t know what to do? Don’t fret, and follow these steps

It’s unfortunate, but an accident can within the blinking of an eye, whether it’s a minor bumper bash, or something more serious that could involve injuries to lives. If you’re on you’re way to a particular place, especially if it’s in a hurry, it’s best to follow the old saying of rather being late than not there at all (better late than never).

So worst case scenario – someone has rear-ended you by not keeping their eyes on the road for whatever reason. At this point in time you’re even more stressed than you possibly were and not sure what to do next. Do you call your insurance company? A tow truck service? Or a family member to come and pick you up?

Gumtree lists a couple of vital steps to keep in mind if you’ve been involved in an accident:

Reporting the accident

  • The accident should be reported at a police station within 24 hours if they are not at the scene yet.
  • Be as honest as possible regarding what caused the accident and whose fault it was, plus any injuries to yourself and the damage to the vehicle. Providing false information may get you into trouble and result in the claim being rejected.
  • At the police station you will need to recall all the details of the accident, including the location, the weather, the road condition, potholes or a faulty traffic light, often in a drawn sketch.

Post crash at the scene

  • Capture all the details of the other drivers and vehicles involved in the incident: names, contact numbers, vehicle details (make, model, colour), licence plate and drivers’ licence numbers and, most importantly, the insurance information of each driver.
  • Use your smartphone, tablet or camera to record as much information as you can of the scene of the accident and take down notes or make a voice recording of everything you can remember about the cause and result of the accident, including the time, date and location.
  • Check to see if any other pedestrians or bystanders might have been injured.

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