What to do immediately after a car accident?
There's no denying how scary a car accident can be. Accidents are fairly common and occur far more often than most people anticipate.
This is why it's so important to handle them the right way. You may have never been involved in a car accident before. Still, it's best to be prepared for the unexpected and to have a post-accident strategy to protect your rights in the event of a claim and dispute.
Stay calm & move your car to a safe location
You may feel disoriented immediately after, but staying calm is important even though it can be difficult.
Then, the first thing to do is turn on your hazard lights to alert oncoming traffic and move your car to a safe, well-lit place where other drivers can see your car and the other driver. This is even more important if you're hit from behind.
If you cannot move your car, get yourself and other passengers to a safe place near the accident before doing anything else.
Seek medical attention immediately
After you moved your car to a safe location, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If someone is hurt, call 999 immediately and wait until help arrives.
Also, make sure to check on the other party involved in the accident—if they're still in their car or nearby on foot, ask them if they are injured or need help getting out of harm's way.
Take pictures of the accident
Make sure to take pictures of your car and the other car, if possible. Use a flash when taking photos at night or in other low-light situations.
Do not post photos on social media that include identifiable personal information, such as name or licence plate number.
If your car is equipped with a dashcam, you should read the car number plate and details out loud as best as possible. Your memories can get hazy after the accident or if you forget to take pictures.
Talk to the other driver
ALWAYS exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. You can ask for their name, IC/ passport details, address, phone number, car registration number and driving licence number.
The other driver may not be able to give you all of this information straight away (if they don’t have it on hand or are in shock). If you need to get it from them later on, remind them about it and make sure they do so before leaving the accident scene.
Make a police report immediately
Once you've taken care of yourself and others involved in the crash (and get all relevant information), go to the nearest police station and make an official report. Remember it is do it within 24 hours.
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