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What to do if you have an accident.
As we all know accidents can and do happen. If you are one of the unlucky ones and are involved in an accident you need to know what your responsibilities are.
Immediately after an accident
Whether you are involved in a small bump or a major accident you must stop. It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act not to stop following an accident.
Make sure that you turn your engine off and put your hazard lights on. You must make sure that other road users are aware of the accident. You must also make sure that you and any passengers are in a safe place while you wait for assistance.
Call the emergency services
If anyone has been injured in the accident you must call the police, as well as requesting an ambulance at the same time.
Provide your details
As soon as you are sure the emergency services have been called you must ask for details of any other people and vehicles involved. This also includes any witnesses to the accident. You are also obliged to give your name and address to any other people involved.
If you have an accident and no one else is involved you must still stop and leave your details. For example, if you hit a stationary object, such as a parked car you must leave your details at the scene.
Collecting details after a car accident
The following details should be taken from any drivers, passengers and witnesses:
- Contact number
- Insurance details
- Vehicle registration number
- Take pictures of the scene if possible
It is important not to admit liability or offer to pay for any damage which is a result of the accident.