W­hat to do if you are in an ac­ci­dent

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Auto Dealer -

He­re’s a sim­ple checklist from Su­zu­ki to get you through any bum­per-bashing or mo­re se­ri­ous pro­blem on the ro­ad. It is re­le­vant to any car ac­ci­dent, no mat­ter how in­sig­ni­fi­cant it may seem at the ti­me.

Be­fo­re get­ting out of your car, check to see if your pas­sen­gers are u­nin­ju­red and re­as­su­re them.

Check your sur­roun­dings - you may be in the midd­le la­ne of the free­way and do not want to le­ap blind­ly in­to the traf­fic.

Be­fo­re le­a­ving the vehi­cle, switch on your ha­zard lig­hts. If you ha­ve a co­ne or t­ri­angle, pla­ce them on the ro­ad so pe­op­le a­void your car.

Call a lo­ved one or friend and in­form them of w­hat has hap­pe­ned and w­he­re you are. Re­as­su­re them t­hat you are u­nin­ju­red and say you will call back in 10 mi­nu­tes should you need furt­her as­sis­tan­ce.

Call your in­su­ran­ce com­pa­ny so you can re­port the ac­ci­dent and be su­re t­hat you use the rig­ht to­wing com­pa­ny.

Switch the pho­ne to vi­deo and if it is sa­fe, get out of the vehi­cle. Re­cord or ta­ke still i­ma­ges of the sce­ne, en­su­ring you in­clu­de the num­ber pla­tes of any ot­her vehi­cle in­vol­ved.

It is pos­si­ble the ot­her par­ty or par­ties in­vol­ved will be an­gry or ag­gres­si­ve. Try to re­main as calm as pos­si­ble and do not be­co­me in­vol­ved in a shou­ting ma­tch.

On­ce you ha­ve chec­ked t­he­re are no in­ju­ries to a­ny­bo­dy in­vol­ved, if it sa­fe to do so, mo­ve the vehi­cles to the shoul­der or off the ro­ad.

If a­nyo­ne is in­ju­red, both an am­bu­lan­ce and the po­li­ce need to be cal­led and the vehi­cles may not be mo­ved.


Ta­ke do­wn the fol­lo­wing in­for­ma­ti­on from all ot­her dri­vers in­vol­ved as well as from pe­op­le who wit­nes­sed the ac­ci­dent:

Full na­mes and sur­na­mes. If the per­son was dri­ving a car on be­half of his or her com­pa­ny, then full de­tails of the com­pa­ny must be in­clu­ded.

ID num­bers

Ho­me, cell and bu­si­ness pho­ne num­bers

P­hy­si­cal ad­dres­ses

E-mail ad­dres­ses

Vehi­cle re­gis­tra­ti­on

Des­crip­ti­on of the vehi­cles (ma­ke, mo­del and co­lour)

Na­mes and con­tact de­tails of the po­li­ce of­fi­ci­als, pa­ra­me­di­cs and tow truck dri­vers

Your lo­ca­ti­on: street na­me and suburb

The ti­me of the ac­ci­dent

Ro­ad con­di­ti­ons and vi­si­bi­li­ty.

Af­ter the ac­ci­dent:

Call the po­li­ce or re­port the ac­ci­dent at the ne­a­rest po­li­ce sta­ti­on. It must be do­ne within 24 hours if a per­son is kil­led or in­ju­red; or on the first wor­king day af­ter the ac­ci­dent if no one was kil­led or in­ju­red.

W­ri­te do­wn the na­me of the po­li­ce of­fi­cer spo­ken to and the ac­ci­dent re­port re­fe­ren­ce num­ber.

Draw a ske­tch plan of the sce­ne of the ac­ci­dent and ma­ke su­re it con­tains a fixed point so it can be e­a­si­ly tra­ced.

W­hen ma­king your sta­te­ment to the po­li­ce gi­ve on­ly the es­sen­ti­als. Do not sign a writ­ten sta­te­ment wit­hout first con­sulting your in­su­ran­ce com­pa­ny or an at­tor­ney.

Re­mem­ber to ta­ke no­te of w­hat hap­pe­ned im­me­di­a­te­ly be­fo­re and af­ter the ac­ci­dent, for ex­am­ple was the ot­her dri­ver drunk, tal­king on his or her cel­lp­ho­ne or dri­ving too fast.

Ho­we­ver, do not ad­mit any form of li­a­bi­li­ty or e­ven dis­cuss li­a­bi­li­ty with a­nyo­ne at the sce­ne. Al­so, do not agree to sett­le­ment terms wit­hout dis­cus­sing the mat­ter with an at­tor­ney.

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