There are a range of Do's and Don'ts when it comes to the aftermath of a car accident. Well, actually, there is really just one big don't and a whole lot of things that you SHOULD do. Especially if the accident is serious and involves some kind of injury. Here's our list of the Top 10 Things to remember if you have a car accident.
DON'T leave the scene
Never leave the scene of an accident until it is appropriate to do so. Particularly if vehicles or other property has been damaged, or someone is injured, you may face serious criminal charges for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
If you feel like the other driver may leave the scene before details can be exchanged, it is very important to obtain as much information as you possibly can about the other driver and their vehicle. Write down the make, model and registration number of the vehicle, and a description of the driver. This is imperative not only for your property damage claim, but should you suffer an injury and the other vehicle can’t be identified, your claim would need to be lodged with The Nominal Defendant. The onus is on you as the claimant to have obtained all possible relevant information at the accident scene, as The Nominal Defendant has very strict requirements in that regard.
DO contact Police and other Emergency Services
If the accident is serious and people have been injured and require immediate medical attention, the police and emergency services should be called immediately.
However, if the accident is relatively minor and only minor injuries have been sustained, the accident can be reported online to Queensland Police, who will then issue a traffic incident report number. If you need help reporting an accident, contact us.
DO obtain all relevant details of the other driver
Make sure you collect the following info from the the other party in the accident;
- Their full name, address and phone number
- Their licence number
- Their insurance details (if insured)
- The registration number and the State their vehicle is registered in
- The year, colour, make and model of the other vehicle
DO make sure you record the exact time and location of the accident
If the accident occurs for example, on a highway, take note of the nearest exit, crossroad, bridge or intersection to the accident scene and the approximate distance from the accident scene to that identifiable location.
DO obtain details of any witnesses to the accident
Write down the name, address and phone number of anyone who witnessed the accident.
DO take photographs
Take photos of the damage to both vehicles at the accident scene, if possible. Also take photos of any visible injuries, if appropriate.
DO seek medical attention
Be sure to see your GP as soon as possible to record all symptoms and pain you may be experiencing. If symptoms are not reported to a doctor within a reasonable time, it may be difficult to link symptoms to the accident.
DO contact your insurer
Contact your property damage insurer in relation to any damage to your vehicle. Your insurer will correspond with the driver of the other vehicle and their insurer.
DO contact Hunter Solicitors
If either your vehicle or the driver at fault’s vehicle was uninsured contact us and we will assist you with your property damage claim.
DO protect your rights
Call us for an obligation free consultation as soon as possible, as strict time limits apply when making a property damage or personal injury claim.
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