Monday, 9 January 2017

The dos and don'ts of dealing with a car accident

So, you’ve been in a car accident! First things first: don’t panic! As soon as we crash our car, our adrenaline levels spike, and we automatically start to stress out. But that isn’t any way to deal with an accident! If you do stress too much, you will only end up forgetting to do some of the most important things that you need to do. To help you keep as clear a head as possible in such a bad situation, here are the dos and don’ts of dealing with a car accident.

Do make sure that everyone is safe

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The very first thing that you will need to do is to ensure that everyone involved in the accident is safe. First of all, check everyone who was traveling with you in your vehicle and, if possible, move them to a safe space away from the vehicles. Then go and check the other vehicles involved. No matter how much the blood is pumping, and you feel like you just want to drive off, you should always be a good citizen and find out if everyone else is okay. That’s not the only reason why you need to check on them, though, which leads us nicely on to the next point…

Do call for help

It is also crucial that you call for help as soon as possible, especially if there are some people who have been injured in the accident. You should call an ambulance, and ringing the police might also be necessary if the accident is blocking a road. These professional services can help assist everyone and make sure that the scene of the accident gets cleared up and made safer for other road users. While you don’t need to worry about it in the immediate aftermath of the crash, it’s a good idea to call a car accident attorney within the first few hours. They can then get your compensation claim started!

Don’t forget to ask for information from other drivers

Straight after a road traffic accident, your mind will probably be all a blur, which makes sense after such a stressful situation! However, make sure that you don’t forget to speak to the other drivers involved in the accident. This way, you can swap contact and insurance details with each other. This is super important as your insurance company will ask for these details. They can then easily get in touch with the other driver’s insurance provider to help sort out your claim. So if you want your insurance to cover the damage and repairs, don’t forget to ask the other drivers for all their details!

Don’t drive your car if it isn’t safe

The chances are that your car won’t be safe to drive after your accident. Whatever you do, don’t risk it and think that it will be safe to drive home. It might not be! Instead, give your local mechanic a call. He will be able to come out to check your car over. If necessary, he will tow it to the garage for repairs and maintenance.


** This is a collaborative post

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