Post-Crash: Fixing The Situation And The Car

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In these icy winter months, more than ever, road safety is something you need to be thinking about. Of course, even the most cautious driver can run into trouble on roads with little grip. It’s important to take precautions, such as slow driving, avoiding long travels if there’s heavy snowfall or other brutal conditions, and bringing a spare tyre in case your vehicle breaks down.

Yet, even with all the precautions in the world, an accident can still befall anyone. That’s why it’s best not only to take precautions for avoiding accidents, but to take precautions for the possibility of an accident. Preemptively planning and understanding what you should do in such an incident is something that you will thank yourself for later, and believe me when I promise you that. Here are some tips for the driver who’s feeling a little nervous about what to do in the event of an accident.

Check that nobody’s hurt.

Following an accident, safety should be of paramount importance. Once you’ve checked that everyone in your vehicle is safe, you need to do the same for any other drivers involved in the accident. If anyone is injured, it’s of vital importance that you contact the emergency services immediately. People are the most important thing in any road accident, so remember that before you remember anything else. I’m sure, in such an event, you wouldn’t need reminding, but hopefully there also wouldn’t be any injuries to report.

Take details, but only discuss details.

Assuming that everyone is fine, other than a few bumps or bruises, the next step is take the details of all other drivers involved in the crash for insurance purposes. There was likely only you and one other party involved, as that’s the case for the majority of accidents. However, and this is the most important piece of advice I can offer, only discuss your insurance details. As much as you may be tempted to, given the traumatic nature of the situation, don’t get absorbed by personal conversation.

I don’t offer this advice in a cold way, but some people might be looking to catch you out. If you admit blame for the accident, this could legally affect your claim to insurance, and, if anybody involved in the other party claims some form of brain injury or bodily harm, they could claim more from in terms of compensation. It’s better to say nothing, and leave the matter to your insurance companies.

Don’t leave before doing any of this.

You can get on your way after taking the details, but make sure you don’t flee the scene before doing so, as that’s a crime. If you’re still in a rush, you could contact a mobile diesel mechanic whilst you wait for everything to be sorted out. Afterwards, you could get back on the road reasonably quickly, depending on the damage, or whether police involvement is needed. Again, all of this depends on your specific situation, if you are ever involved in a crash.

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Witnesses.

If things are carried to legal proceedings, then it may be necessary to produce some sort of witness to the event. In many cases, a nearby driver will pull over upon witnessing the crash, in order to offer a testimonial to the event. If not, you might have to ask nearby pedestrians if they saw anything, but that may be a little bit of a stretch, unless you’re in a residential or busy town area.

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