8 Things You Should Do If You Are Involved In A Car Accident
Car accidents can happen very quickly and it’s important to know exactly what you should do, to protect yourself
, if you land up in a tricky situation. Here are some tips:-
- First things first, if someone was injured in the accident, don’t move the vehicles until the police get there. If no police pitch up, then go straight to the nearest police station (if you can) and report the incident there. If no one was injured then move the vehicles to prevent traffic congestion.
- Useful tip – Always see a doctor afterwards. Why? Because you might have a Road Accident Fund claim – especially if you’re the innocent party. If you decide not to, then how are you going to prove that your injuries are a result of the accident, six months down the line?
- Thirdly, don’t admit liability for the incident or agree to pay for the damages. This is your insurance company’s decision to make – not yours. If you make this decision for your insurance company then don’t expect them to pay. Just provide the other party with your contact details and the name of your insurance company.
- Make a note of the time, date and location of the incident. Also note things like the weather conditions, whether the robots were working or not, that type of thing.
- Get the other driver’s name and surname, their contact number, their address, ID number as well as the name of their insurance company. Important – also check if they’re the owner of the vehicle. If not, then get the owner’s information as well.
- Write down the make and model of their vehicle (Take photos of the damage if you can)
- Get the registration number of the vehicle.
- Get the names and contact numbers of any witnesses, if possible, and this includes the name of your tow truck driver who’s about to disappear into the sunset with your million Rand car in tow.
The iHound Team