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What To Do After a Car Accident

Best not follow my neighbour's example if you have a car accident.

By Stephen Turvil
Feb 27, 2012
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Best not follow my neighbour's example if you have a car accident. She blamed her 'stars', pretended to faint, then flooded the road with crocodile tears. Fortunately, Simon Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has some tips for coping with crashes. These are:

- Be aware of the risk from passing traffic. Look for a safe place to stop to exchange details if you can, especially if no one has been injured.

- Turn your engine off and put your hazard lights on to warn other drivers.

- Swap details as quickly and calmly as possible then clear the road to prevent causing delays.

- Give your name, address, registration, car make, model, colour and insurance company details to the driver(s) involved. Make sure you get these details from them.

- Take photographs if possible.

- You don’t have to call the police unless someone is injured or if there is an accusation of dangerous driving.

- Report the incident to your insurers as soon as you can.

Mr Elstow said: “The reality is nobody wants to think about having a car accident. But it’s important to be prepared in case you are involved in one. And if it happens, try not to get angry or upset.”

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By Stephen Turvil
Feb 27, 2012