A Guide on What to Do After an Accident.
Accidents are very unpredictable with the probability of one happening every time you enter into your car. You may not have the ability of controlling a road accident but you have control over what happens right after the accident. Take the measures below after you have been involved in an accident.
Being involved in an accident may render your unconscious but if you are still conscious it is your duty to ensure that the accident doesn’t escalate and lead to further fatalities. The impact on collision may not be severe and your car may be able to move and in such a scenario it is advisable that you take a safety measure and move your car to the side of the road and switch in hazard indicator signals so as to caution other road users. Refusing to stop would be a hit and run which is an offense punishable by the law.
You also need to check if for injuries you may have sustained and also those sustained by your passenger and also the occupant of the other car. The best response to injuries is instant contact to emergency services so as to save lives and also to alleviate chances of traffic jams if the cars involved are blocking the road.
For major traffic accidents it is highly recommended that you call the police. The main advantage of calling the police for them to file a legal record of the accident is that your insurance company may need the document once you make a claim with them. If the other party involved in the accident makes a claim against your, the police report can come in handy in exonerating you. Situations that may prompt you to call the police includes the other driver fleeing the scene of the accident, you suspect that the other driver is under the influence, if you think the other driver caused the accident or suspect the other party lacks an insurance cover.
You should also take a step and talk to the other party involved in the accident and ensure that they are okay. Avoid giving an apology to the other party as and stick to seeking their personal information only. It is recommended that you only record the events of the accident when the police interrogate you. After taking the other parties insurance details take a step of comparing the details in them with the cars specific color and registration details. Taking the photographs of the damage on the car and also the areas around the scene of the accident can come in handy as evidence and also take the contacts of possible witnesses who observed and can give a count of what happened.
Lastly, it is important that you contact the insurance company covering your car after first aid has been administered to you. The process of your claim is initiated the moment you inform the insurer of the accident.