You had a car accident, what should you do at the scene?

Being in a car accident is a traumatic event indeed.

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Auto accident involving two cars on a city street
Auto accident involving two cars on a city street

Being in a car accident is a traumatic event indeed. However, it would be very useful to collect some information for the next steps to take.

Therefore, if possible, you should collect as much information and evidence as you can by taking the shock off you. Although it is a very difficult situation for that scene, it will be useful in your post-accident compensation applications.

First, you need to report the accident.

If anybody was injured or property was damaged, you must immediately report the accident to the police. The police can be contacted at the scene, at a police station, or online using the Online Crash Reporting Facility.

It should also be noted: If you do not report an accident, you can be charged with a criminal offence.

If someone is injured, you may need to call an ambulance.

You must help someone who has been injured in a car accident. It’s possible that you’ll need to call an ambulance. Unless the injured individual has ambulance coverage, this is not free. Various prices apply based on the type of assistance required.

Learn whatever you can at the accident scene.

Take photos of the property damage and other driver’s licenses if possible. Make a list of the events that led up to the accident. Make a note of the names, addresses, and insurance information of any other drivers involved. Attempt to write down the manufacturer, colour, model, and registration number of the other vehicle. Third-party contact information, such as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses at the accident scene, can also be very helpful information for post-accident investigations. Also, make note of anything you say to other persons at the accident scene. Physical details about the scene of the crash, such as a sketch of the area with street names, intersections, and suburbs, will also be useful. All pertinent information from the time of the accident, such as the time and date, as well as the road and weather conditions, can make your process much easier.

in short, learn everything you can, for later use.

Tow trucks usually come to the scene of the accident. For this reason, make sure that the cost of this is covered by your insurance.

If a tow truck appeals to you, find out how much towing and storage would cost, as well as whether your insurance will cover it. Because storage can be costly, it’s crucial to understand the prices and where they plan to keep your car before signing an authorization.

Remember that: If you hire a different towing company than the one recommended by your insurer, you may not be covered for all fees.

What you should pay particular attention to is…

Do not argue over who is to blame. Before seeking legal assistance, do not accept fault or agree to cover the cost of damages.

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