YOU JUST HAD A CRASH?

STAY CALM. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IS CRUCIAL.

A ROAD CRASH CAN BE A CONFRONTING AND EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE, AND YOU HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO DEAL WITH

We know getting your head around the immediacy of the situation can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re injured, in the middle of traffic or you have a motorist and their passengers screaming at you. Breathe, collect your thoughts, take control of your situation.

If you find yourself on the road, try to get to the side as soon as you can. Whether it’s under your own steam or with assistance, your safety is paramount. Call for an ambulance if you need one. Riding or walking to hospital while injured is never a good idea if you’re in pain or shock. You could even compound the damage done. You’ve worked for years to pay for the service, so use the paramedics. The green whistle is a thing of genius.

It is often hard to know what to do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. What rights and responsibilities do you have? And what actions, if any, should you take? The first thing to remeber is not to panic. Drivers involved in an accident always need to exchange names. addresses,
telephone numbers and vehicle registration numbers. You should also ask whether the other vehicle is insured, and if so, with which company. If there are any witnesses, it is essential that you also write down their names, addresses and telephone numbers.

You only need to report the accident to the police if someone has been injured, if the other driver has left without exchanging their details with you, or if damage is done to property belonging to a person who is not at the scene of the accident. Never admit that the accident was your fault. You may not know what actually caused the accident at this time. Write down the exact details of the accident as
soon as possible.