When you pass your driving test, whether you have learned to drive as soon as you reach the legal age to drive, or if it’s later in life, going out and about is all you can think about. It’s pretty exciting to actually have the chance to purchase your own vehicle, be autonomous and be able to go wherever you want, whenever you want, and no longer have to tolerate public transport.
However, no matter how old you are, being able to drive is a big deal and it always seems like there’s never going to be anything that takes away the initial driving excitement. Of course, once you are on the road for a while, the excitement begins to wear off, especially when you have to sit in traffic and pay your way!
Unfortunately, an accident is one aspect of driving that most of us have to face at some stage or another. They will happen, no matter how cautious we think we are, and generally when we least expect them to. If you’re at fault, or someone has crashed into you, it does not matter; the consequences can be terrifying and a little bit daunting.
It can be hard to remember exactly what we need to do when we find ourselves in that situation. However, there are clear procedures that you need to follow for your own safety and security, so it is important that you are well educated. Here we look at some of the key things you need to do when you are involved in a road traffic accident.
Report the accident
You might need to report the incident to the police before you do anything else. the road is blocked or compromised, they will need to come out and help. An investigation may be launched if there is any possibility of any person involved being under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol, or reckless driving has been involved.
It is also important that you remain on the scene unless you are critically injured until the situation is assessed by the police. When someone has been injured, you might need to call for an ambulance, or at least contact a doctor. It is important to get checked out if you are injured as soon as possible, even if they seem slight, as you may well be in shock, which can mask pain and more serious injuries. It is also essential if you choose to open a legal case against anyone involved – medical evidence is necessary.
Collect evidence of the incident
When the police come out, they can do this, but if you are able to, or the police do not need to come out to the scene, it is essential that you collect as much evidence of the incident as possible. This is necessary for you to be able to report it to your car insurance company.
Take out your cell phone and take pictures of the damage to your car and any other cars that might have been involved from multiple angles. If you also took a photo of the scene, any junctions, and the weather conditions, it would help. Each of these would be necessary if and when you come with your provider to make a claim or talk to whoever provides your insurance, especially if you need the assistance of a Public insurance adjuster.
Get the details of witnesses
Get witness information if anyone has seen the incident. Getting their details can be immensely helpful. If anyone makes some counterclaims or wrongly reports a case as they might be able to corroborate the true account.
Consider your mental health
A car accident can wreak havoc with your mental health and emotions. Even if it is minor and there are no serious physical injuries, you may be upset, overwhelmed and scared by the trauma of being involved, and this sometimes will not kick in until hours, days or even weeks later.
To others, a car accident’s emotional effect may mean they feel nervous and worried when they’re back on the road, or they have flashbacks. It can take time to recover your faith in driving after it’s knocked out, and the best advice we have is to get back behind the wheel as soon as you feel physically and emotionally ready, but don’t panic if it takes longer than you think.
Anyone can be involved in a car accident, regardless of the length of time, they have been driving. It is your actions in the immediate aftermath that makes the difference.