Checklist For Necessary Action After a Car Accident


Car accidents can be a terrifying experience and for anyone unfortunate enough to be involved in one, it’s really important to know how to react and what to do. Read on for information about the important things that need to be done when a car accident happens.

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Call the Emergency Services

The first thing you need to do is stop and take a moment to make sure that yourself and anyone else in the car is OK. You will then need to survey the rest of the situation to make sure if there is anyone involved that may be hurt. Even if no one seems to be seriously injured it is still always advisable to call the emergency services as soon as possible. If everyone seems to be ok and there is no need to call an ambulance the police will still need to be contacted in order to deal with any debris on the road, any necessary traffic diversions and of course to deal with the necessary paperwork..

Drivers Details

It is really important that everyone exchanges details after an accident. You will need to provide your details, not just to the other parties involved but also to the police as well.Even if you are worried that you were responsible for the accident, you shouldn’t be too apologetic or be too hasty in assuming the responsibility as this can be used against you if the accident ends up in court or if it ends up becoming a legal case.

Therefore, the best thing that you can do is to stay calm and just provide the details that the police, or other parties ask for. You will also need to make sure that you take the details of everyone else involved. It is really easy to feel confused after an accident, so make sure you try to keep a clear mind and focus on these important steps and that you don’t miss getting the necessary information from everyone involved.

Making A Claim

If you were the victim of someone else’s dangerous or negligible driving then you should be eligible to make a claim in order to receive some sort of compensation. So it is important that you contact a specialist solicitors office, in your local area, to deal with your claim, for you on your behalf. Therefore you will need to contact a local solicitor’s office to organise an appointment or a conversation over the phone, to discuss the details and talk through what you may be eligible for.

If the accident involved a truck, you will need to make sure you hire a specialised truck accident lawyer to talk you through your options and how to make a claim.

Don’t Forget

There are also a few other things that you should try to do if you are involved in an accident. You should try to write down all the number plates, make a quick sketch of the accident scene, the time and date of the accident and a description of anything else that is important such as weather conditions and any damage done as a result of the accident.


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Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review - an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.
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