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June 23rd, 2015 by

car1 - What to do after surviving a car crash It’s never something we think will happen to us, but accidents happen. Whether it is your fault or not, it’s important that you know the standard procedure, should the situation arise. Here’s a rundown of what your reaction should be:

Immediately after the accident

  • Stop
    However minor the accident is, you are obligated to stop. Failing to stop is an offense and could lead to dire consequences, regardless of who was at fault. Make sure your engine is switched off, and your hazard lights are on to alert others on the road.
  • Call 10111 or 082 911
    Check both yourself, and everyone involved in the accident for injuries. Call the police immediately, and an ambulance if necessary.
  • Giving details after an accident
    After being involved in a car accident you are obliged to give the necessary details to anyone else involved (i.e. the driver of other car). These details should include your name, registration number and contact details. Also bear in mind car accidents need to be reported to the police within 24hours, this is for insurance purposes.
  • Collecting details after a car crash
    If possible you should also collect details of the other driver, as the police will need this information for a full report. The information you should have on hand when filing your report is as follows:
  • The registration of cars involved in the accident.
  • A note of each vehicle’s colour, model and make.
  • The time and date of the crash.
  • Names of witnesses, or officers on the scene.
  • A list of damage caused to other vehicles, and description of any injuries sustained.

Once the accident has been reported, the police officer will then provide you with a case number, which you will need for Insurance purposes.