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Do you know what to do?
Unfortunately, accidents happen, it’s just part of life and the more you drive the higher the chances are of you becoming involved in a road traffic accident or RTA for short.
So if the unfortunate happens, what should you do?
- Stop the car – failure to stop if involved in an RTA is a criminal offence
- Switch off your engine and put on your hazard warning lights
- Check yourself and your passengers for injuries – Call an ambulance if need be
- Make sure it’s safe before getting out of your vehicle
- If other vehicles are involved, make sure it’s safe before checking on them
- If there are injuries then the police should be called by dialling 999
- If it’s a minor incident, exchange your details with the other driver. You want their name, address, contact number and if they have it, their insurance details.
- Take note of the other vehicle’s registration, make, model and colour
- If you can take photos of any damage to both vehicles as evidence in case of a dispute
- It can be helpful to take details of any witnesses that seen the accident occur.
- Contact your insurer and report the incident to the police using 101