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Should You Call the Police After a Car Accident?

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If you have been involved in a car crash, there are a number of steps you need to take. You need to ensure that you watch what you say, that’s for sure. After all, you don’t want to implicate yourself in something. You also need to gather witness contact information too. But, do you need to call the police? This depends on the crash itself and any other important details surrounding it, so let’s take a look.

You need to assess the situation carefully to determine whether the police should be called. So, this involves…

  • Checking yourself and your passengers to see if there are any injuries – If anyone is injured, call the emergency services immediately. This means both an ambulance and the police. It is important to try and stay calm, although this can be a traumatic and painful experience. Make sure your hazard lights are on, and try to pull out of the lane of traffic.
  • Think about where you are in relation to other traffic – If you are positioned in a potentially dangerous area, and you cannot move, it is important to contact the police as soon as possible. They can ensure efforts are put into place to divert the oncoming traffic so that there are not any further accidents.
  • Check to see if anyone else is hurt in any other vehicles involved – If you and anyone else in your vehicle are fine, you should check to make sure that no one else is hurt in any of the other cars that have been involved in the car crash. Do not do anything, though, that is going to put your safety or anyone else’s safety at risk. If you cannot get to the car, call the emergency services immediately.
  • Do you suspect foul play? – If someone has fled the scene of the crash, then this is a clear reason to call the police. After all, you have been involved in a hit and run. If something about someone else’s behaviour is making you suspicious, it’s always better to go with your gut. Call the police. Maybe this person has something to hide?
  • Determine the extent of the damage to the vehicles – Your health and safety is a priority, so once you are sure everyone is okay, you can then look at the extent of damage to the vehicle. All accidents should be reported to the police within 24 hours. This is also important if you want to make a compensation claim. As this law firm will explain, a police record will help you to have a stronger case, as it serves as an official record of what has happened. If the damage is only minor, there is no need to call the police immediately, but make sure you do so while the details are fresh in your mind.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea as to whether you need to call the police or not. Use the steps that have been mentioned above to help you make up your mind. If you are still not certain, it is often better to be safe than sorry, so call the police, but think about going for their standard line rather than the emergency one.

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Family First – Keeping The Kids Safe After A Crash

There is nothing scarier than being involved in a road traffic accident. So, imagine just how terrifying it will be for your kids! Being in a crash with your whole family in the car can be extremely scary and stressful, as you won’t just have yourself to look out for. Thankfully, there are various steps you should take to ensure that your kids don’t end up too affected by the accident. Read on to find out more!

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Get Them Away From The Site

First of all, if you are able to, you should take everyone away from the crash site. This is because it could still be very dangerous. For instance, the vehicles could be on fire or they might set alight quickly if they aren’t already. Plus, if the cars have been left in the middle of the road, waiting close to them could make you all a hazard for other drivers. If you crash on a highway and can’t move too far from the site, you should get everyone onto the nearest grassy verge away from the vehicles and oncoming traffic.

Calm Everyone Down

If your family is panicking, it’s important that you spend some time calming everyone down. When they are panicking, they might make some very rash decisions that could put them in danger. So, after you have called the emergency services, it’s necessary to be with your kids and try to cheer them up. You can think of the positives, such as no one was hurt too badly.

Get Professional Help

Even if no one appears to be injured in a crash and you don’t have to call an ambulance, you should still take the whole family to the nearest hospital. Your children might be too scared to say if they have any aches and pains. When you see a doctor, they can get a proper checkout. It’s also worth contacting a car accident lawyer such as The Law Offices of Gary Greenberg as they can offer you any legal advice that you might need. This is especially important if anyone if badly injured after an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Be Open About What Happened

Your kids are probably going to have a lot of questions about what happened. So, in the days after the car accident, you should be very open and honest with them. Don’t try and sugarcoat what happened just to protect them as this could give them an altered view of the world. You might also find that some children develop a fear of being in a car. Most will lose this fear after a few weeks and they get back into the swing of things. However, if it persists, you should think about taking them to see a professional therapist or counsellor so they can get the help they need.

There’s no getting away with just how scary a car crash will be for you and your family. But, hopefully, all of the above tips can help you all overcome the trauma together.

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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.