At some point in your life you might be involved in a car accident. It might not be your fault, but to be involved in a car accident can be a scary affair. These tips will help you get through a car accident.
It is critical that you remain calm after being involved in an accident as panic can cause irrational decisions and could lead to injury. If possible call for help from the police, an ambulance or a close relative.
Moving the car
Depending on the severity of the car accident it is important to try and move the vehicle out of harm’s way, the damaged car may be in a precarious position that could cause a further accident. Do not move the car if the accident is serious or you are injured.
Never unnecessarily move injured people
Only trained paramedics or doctors should remove or attend to injured persons in an accident. You should also encourage injured people who are conscious to remain calm and lie still until help does arrive as movement could cause further injury or death.
Obtain necessary info
Make sure you obtain all personal and insurance details for all the parties involved in the accident. The details that you will need is their ID number, driver’s license number, name, surname, contact details, make, model of car and number plate number.
DO NOT drive a damaged car if you are not absolutely sure that you will not be causing further damage. You can seriously damage the car further if you try to drive a car that has been damaged!
Towing your Car
If the car needs to be towed, make sure the towing company is approved by your car insurance. If you don’t make sure of this you might need to pay for the towing if they aren’t approved by your car insurance company.
Remove all valuables
Remove all valuables from the vehicle and make sure the towing company notes all vehicle accessories on the towing sheet. (wheel spanner, spare wheel, radio etc)
Never admit liability
Never admit liability before discussing this with your insurance company, as this could cause you legal complications at a later stage.