How to handle the aftermath of a car accident

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By knowing in advance how to react after a car accident, you can save stress and make sure everything goes smoothly. This is what you should do if you are unfortunately involved in an accident:

1)       Check that everyone is ok.  If anybody is injured then call an ambulance.  If you have a passenger that is unable to           move do not force them if they are unable to comfortably do it on their own unless they are in danger.

2)        If the cars can be driven then move them over to a safe spot on the side of the road.  If not then turn on your            hazard lights, put a warning triangle up if you have one and call the police.

3)        Exchange information with the other driver.  Make sure you obtain their name, address, phone number, insurance            company and policy, vehicle registration number, make, model and colour of vehicle.  Also a description of the driver is always helpful.

4)       If there are any witnesses that stop, obtain their full details.

5)        Take photographs of the damage to the vehicles and the third party vehicle registration number.

6)        File an accident report.

7)        Notify your insurers that you have been involved in an accident.

8)        Determine whether you need a tow truck or whether you vehicle is safe to drive home.

Car accidents are never fun but if you are prepared they become much easier to deal with.  

Kaye Mansbridge
Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team

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