Just Car Clinics is the second largest company of car care and repair centres in the UK, specialising in motor collision repair and maintenance for cars, vans and motorbikes.
What to do
Unfortunately accidents on the road do happen. In the event that you should be involved in a road traffic accident here is Just Car Clinics' best advice on what you should do after an accident, that can help minimise stress and help get you and your car back on the road as quickly as possible. Print out this checklist and leave in your car to help you should the unfortunate happen.
- It’s an unfortunate fact of life but accidents happen. As annoying and as stressful as it may be, try to stay calm and don't lose your temper. Do not admit blame at the scene of the accident or offer any form of settlement.
- Stop at the scene if you think there are injuries or damage to vehicles or property. This is a legal obligation.
- Make the area safe. Switch off your engine and if possible and the situation allows, turn on hazard warning lights and try to alert oncoming traffic about the accident.
- If it is possible and safe to do so, try to move your vehicle out of the way of the route of other traffic to avoid congestion. This may not always be possible or advisable.
- Call 999 immediately if anyone involved in the accident is injured, the collision has caused a hazardous situation, or someone leaves the scene without exchanging details. The easiest way to know if you should call the police is to remember, if you're unsure - make the call.
- Take down the registration number, make, model and colour of all other vehicles involved in the accident. All drivers involved must exchange details by law. Ask them for their name, address, mobile and home telephone number and insurance details. You must also provide this information about yourself.
- Try to take down as much details as you possibly can whilst the details are fresh in your mind. Draw a sketch of the scene, not road names and markings, note where other stationary cars are parked, note the weather conditions and if there are skid marks or damage to surrounding area try to describe these as best you can. Better still if you have a camera or camera on your mobile phone, taking photographs would be the best way to record the scene.
- If possible collect the names, addresses and vehicle registrations of any witnesses.
- Record any other details you think may be important eg use of mobile phone, if you think the driver of the other vehicle has been drinking, weather conditions etc. Also take note of anything the other driver may have said at the scene ie. apologising, giving reason for the collision etc.
- You must notify your insurance company immediately of any collision you are involved in, even if you are not intending to make a claim and irrespective of whose fault it was. Give them all the details, notes, photographs etc that you have collected.