What To Do If You’re Involved In An Accident – Your Step-By-Step Guide
At LTrent Driving School, our job is to train you to be a safe driver so you avoid accidents. But accidents can still happen – that’s why they’re called accidents, after all! So it’s a good idea to know what to do in case of a motor vehicle accident. Read on and we’ll explain every step you should take after a car accident.
1. Get Your Vehicles To Safety If Possible
If the damage to your vehicle is light and your car is operable, move it to the shoulder or side of the road. If your car is not operable and is in a high-traffic area – such as a highway – do NOT get out. Call emergency services at 000, and wait for help. Turn your hazard lights on to make your car more visible.
2. Call The Emergency Services To The Scene
No matter how minor the accident, you should call 000 to get a police officer on the scene. A police officer will take the information of each person involved, take a police report, and may issue citations, if applicable.
EMS will also be able to examine your injuries, if applicable, and determine if you need further medical treatment or evaluation.
3. Exchange Details With The Other Driver
You will need to exchange contact details with the other driver. Provide them with your insurance company registration number and the name of your insurer, your licence plate number, your name, and your phone number. They should do the same.
If the other party refuses to provide insurance information, do not force the issue. Wait in your vehicle until the police arrive, and allow them to assist you in obtaining the other person’s personal information.
4. Contact Roadside Assistance For A Tow
If your car is not driveable, you should call your insurance company to get a tow to a mechanic, wrecking yard, or parking lot where your car can be held until it can be inspected by your insurance provider.
5. File A Claim With Your Insurance
Regardless of who was at fault, you need to notify your insurance provider about the accident. They will help you take things from there, and ensure you get compensation for property damaged during the incident.
This is not legal advice, but if you were severely injured in the accident, you may also want to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for filing a lawsuit against the responsible party.
Know What To Do After An Accident In Australia!
Ideally, you’ll never get into a car accident. But if you do, it’s important to know how to respond, how to stay safe, and how to resolve the situation quickly. And remember, if you want to reduce your risk of being in an accident, professional driving lessons are a great choice! Book Safer Drivers Course online with LTrent Driving School now to get started.