Every year, millions of road accidents take place. Also, it is not necessary that if you were involved in one, it was your fault. Many times, the victim who suffered the most isn’t at fault, and the other party was the one who caused the accident. Well, it is not possible to avoid accidents all the time. However, it proves to be helpful to be prepared.
Besides, getting relaxed and informing police, there are a few more things you must and mustn’t do on the accident scene. Keep on reading to know what they are…
What to do immediately after a road accident?
Check yourself and other for injury: Check everyone who were with you in the vehicle for any injury. If anyone is seriously injured, it is recommended not to move them and wait for the medical professionals to arrive.
Try to get as calm as possible: It is pretty obvious that after being in road traffic accidents you will panic, but try to keep calm. This will help you think clearly and act appropriately. Try to make small conversations with the other party and discuss how to go ahead with this.
Take sufficient photos: It is recommended that you click some photos of your vehicle with a camera or cell phone before it is moved. This will help you keep clear evidence of what exactly happened and how much your vehicle was damaged. Also, note down how the accident exactly happened while it is still clear and fresh in your mind.
Talk to the police: It is a requirement that you talk to the police and file a report with them. Once the report is filed, politely ask the police to provide you with a copy of statement, and note down the name, badge number and cell number of the police officer you were talking to. Also, take the police report number.
Call your insurance company and make a claim: It is not necessary to call your insurance company from the accident scene. However, they are an important party and you will have to eventually inform them about the accident. So, it is recommended that once you are done filing the report with the police, you call the insurance company and file a claim with them. When you call the insurance company, be prepared they will ask for the following details:
- Your policy number and a key information like the post code or car registration number to identify you.
- Registration number of all the cars involved.
- Driver’s license number, name, and contact details.
- Driver’s insurance details.
No matter how carefully you were driving, if an accident is going to take place you cannot stop it. It is recommended to have a list of things to do post-accident in your vehicle all the time. As soon as you face any such situation, it is ideal to go through this list and ensure that you are prepared to go ahead with handling the situation efficiently.
Lastly, you can always contact a reputed attorney to guide you on what to do next. These lawyers have years and years of experience in handling road accident cases, and thus they can guide you correctly.