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Car Accidents – What To Do Next

By John Marsh

It is against the law not to stop at the scene if you think your accident has caused damage to property or caused injury. First ensure that the scene is safe. Switch off all engines, turn on hazard lights and make sure oncoming traffic is aware of the accident. Dial 999 if anyone is injured, or if someone leaves the scene without exchanging details. If you think the accident scene may be a hazard to other drivers also call 999.

Stay calm and do not admit blame no matter how sure you are that it is your fault. Make a sketch of the accident scene and how it happened. Include street names, vehicle locations and their direction of travel, skid marks, collision points and any damage. Take photos to complement the sketch, most mobile phones have adequate cameras.

By law, all drivers involved in the actual accident must give their contact details to each other. Note down names, addresses, phone numbers and insurance details for each vehicle involved. Also take down the names and addresses of any witnesses, including passengers from the other vehicles involved.

Add other details you think may be of importance, for example if the other driver appears to have been drinking or using a mobile phone make a note of this and why you believe this to be the case. Weather conditions may have contributed to the accident, e.g. rain or fog, if relevant make a note of this too. Any damage to the road surface or cars parked in such away as to contribute to the accident should be noted too.

If you hit a dog or farm animal you must report the incident to the police. If you hit a cat or wild animal you do not have to report it, as long as the animal is not injured or suffering. It is also against the law not to stop at the scene of an accident if you think the accident has caused injury or damage to vehicles or property.

You must notify your insurance company immediately of any collision you are involved in, regardless of whether a claim will be necessary. Send your insurer all the notes of the incident you took from the scene.

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Marsh, John "Car Accidents – What To Do Next." Car Accidents – What To Do Next. 4 Jul. 2010. 19 Aug 2014 <>.

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Marsh, J (2010, July 4). Car Accidents – What To Do Next. Retrieved August 19, 2014, from

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