No matter how good of a driver you are, car accidents can happen.
Car accidents can happen any time, any place, to anyone. Even the most skilled drivers have car accidents. No matter how big or small the accident is, it can be a frightening experience. Trying to keep your emotions under control can be hard; however, it is important to keep in mind that are a few things that you need to do after a car accident.
Immediately After the Accident
Stop your car, pull up your handbrake and make sure the vehicle is in park. This may seem like an obvious point; however, some people may enter into a fight or flight mode (panic mode) and immediately speed off. This is one of the worst things you can do; especially if there are injured parties involved. Driving off may see you charged with a serious offence. Ensure you remain calm and safely pull over, if you can, to the side of the road and put your hazard lights on.
Is Anyone Hurt?
Even a small bump could result in injury for you, one of your passengers or passengers of another vehicle. Check all vehicles involved to ensure no one is hurt. If there are injured parties you must call 000 and ask for police and ambulance. Police must be called to the scene for a number of reasons:
- A person or persons have been injured;
- A person or persons have been killed;
- Property or livestock has been damaged and the owner of the property is not at the scene;
- You have reason to believe the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
At this point you must wait for emergency services to arrive. No one should leave the crash scene until the police say it is okay to do so.
Do Not Admit Responsibility
Do not admit responsibility or publicly admit your guilt if you believe you were not at fault. This is for your own protection as some cases aren’t black or white. Your case may result in legal proceedings should either party choose to make a compensation claim.
If you require legal help, contact LHD Lawyers as soon as possible. We will be able to help you through this difficult time and ensure you understand your legal rights.
For insurance reasons, you are legally required to exchange your information. You need to make sure you exchange and receive:
- Your name;
- Contact Number;
- Insurance details;
- Registration number;
- Vehicle colour, make and model;
- Date, time and location of the accident;
- Any witness details;
- Take photos of the incident for proof.
While this may seem like a lot of responsibility, you are legally obligated to ensure all of these steps are followed.
If you’re unsure about any of the steps listed above and have been recently involved in a car accident, make sure to contact an LHD legal representative as soon as possible.
Lastly, always remember to drive within speed limits, ensure all passengers are wearing a seatbelt and remain alert at all times when behind the wheel of a vehicle.