There are many ways to avoid a car accident… but if one happens it’s important to know what to do.
You’ll be emotional, stressed and quite possibly injured – so don’t expect you’ll be thinking clearly. The best strategy is to know beforehand what steps to take, in what order, and what questions may need to be answered if the unthinkable happens.
If you are involved in a car accident, keep calm and follow these steps:
1. Assess the accident scene. Stop immediately. Use indicator lights, headlights or hazard lights to warn other drivers.
2. Check for injured people. In the case where you or another person is injured and there is major damage to the car, call emergency services for medical and police assistance.
3. Check that the vehicle is safe to drive. If so, move the car to a safe location to exchange details. If the vehicle is not in a drivable condition or cannot be moved safely, activate the hazard lights and step away from the car.
4. Check the ignition is turned off before leaving the car. Also, as a fire precaution, ensure any other vehicles have the ignitions turned off as well. In the case of fire, contact emergency services immediately.
5. Exchange contact details with the other driver(s). When exchanging details, use the Accident Report Guide (available for download) as a prompt. This will make sure you record all the critical information.
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