With more and more people passing their driving tests, it’s inevitable that there will be an increase in the number of cars on the road and therefore an increase in the risk of either being involved in or witnessing a car accident.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident however big or small, Canterbury Motoring World wanted to let you know the few important things that you must do.
Remember: Immediately following the accident, the safety of yourself and those around you must take priority!
So, firstly, put on your hazard lights to make others aware of the situation and turn of your car engine. You must remain calm and assess the situation, in terms of level of damage or injuries so you can call the relevant emergency services if they are required. Then, next step is to report the incident and get help from the emergency services by calling 999. The information that they will want will be your contact details, the location of the incident and an accurate description of what has happened. If there are casualties on the scene, then they may want you to carry out basic first aid whilst being instructed by them over the phone.
Once all the above has been dealt with there are other pieces of information that you must remember to gather before leaving the scene, this information will mainly be needed for insurance purposes or to be used as evidence if you are making a claim/if a claim is made against you. The information we suggest you get is: date and time, location of incident, exact description of what happened, the contact details of all people involved including witnesses and if possible pictures of damage caused.
Remember, failing to stop and/or report any type of road incident is a criminal offence and can result in a fine from £5000 and between 5-10 penalty points.
On behalf of everyone at Canterbury Motoring World we hope that you never are involved in a car accident and remain safe on our roads.
Author: Rebecca McGinty