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What To Do After A Road Accident

Whether you’re involved in a bumper bashing or a more serious crash; whether you’re a driver, passenger or even an onlooker, a road accident is an upsetting situation in which to find yourself. As soon as you are over the initial shock, what do you do?

Here’s our guide to what to do after an accident:

  1. Stop your car, switch on your hazards and stay at the scene.
  2. Help anyone who has been hurt- Help includes contacting an ambulance or rescue unit, even if the injuries do not appear to be serious. It’s critical that you don’t move the injured party, and that you do not administer first aid unless you are qualified to do so.
  3. Record the information of everyone involved in the accident including personal details, vehicle registration numbers, tow-truck information and insurance details.
  4. Take note of all road names, landmarks, intersections and robots, as you will have to draw a sketch and description of the accident on your police report, and for insurance purposes.

Ensure that you get the following information from the other party:

  • Full names (first and middle names and initials and surnames)
  • ID number
  • Car registration number
  • Address
  • Cellphone number and other telephone contact details (work and home)
  • Insurance company details
  • Make, model and colour of the other vehicle
  • Date and time of the crash
  • Details of any eyewitnesses.

5. Report the accident

  • Inform the police within 24 hours of the road accident. If the police come to the scene, don’t move anything until they say you may.
  • Ensure that you get an Accident Report (AR) number, as this is needed for any insurance claim or third party claim you may lodge.

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