Responding to a car accident
So you’ve come across a car accident. Depending on the severity, what you do next could be of vital importance. Here are some tips from Adelaide Trailer Centre to prompt you to think of the most important things.
First, if you were involved, check yourself for injuries. This is the classic “put on your own air mask first” advice – it’s no use helping everyone else if you are bleeding and it ends up making your own injuries much worse.
Next, check your passengers and, unless there is a risk of fire or emergency operators tell you to, don’t move them if they are injured. If there are any injuries, call 000 immediately.
Before you get out of the car, you’re going to need a phone, a notepad and pen and a first aid kit. If you don’t have any of those things, see if someone else does. You’re now ready to check any other involved cars for injured people. Again, if there are any, call 000 and don’t move them if it can be avoided.
This next step is a bit superseded by technology and Google maps in particular, but it’s still good advice if things are really chaotic as you may find things hard to recall later – find out your location and write down any road names or landmarks that you can see. If phones cut out or you’re in a bad reception area this may assist emergency services to find you more easily.
Next take down the details of any witnesses. You will want their names, addresses and car licence plate numbers. This should be enough for the police to track them down later if they need to.
Now you’re ready to start writing down all the details of the accident. We recommend the weather, the time of day, how the drivers seem in terms of their capability to drive (i.e. do they seem drunk) and of course if you can, take photos. Obviously you want the details of the other driver too if you are involved for insurance purposes.
Finally, call your insurance company. Often the person you speak to will have great advice about other details you should record so it’s a good idea to call them at the scene of the accident to make sure you have everything you need to fill out their paperwork later.
Obviously all this advice is based on an accident that is not too serious. If there are extensive injuries, you should do whatever emergency services tells you and write down details and call your insurance company etc later when the emergency situation has passed.
Safe driving everyone.