Being involved in a road traffic accident* can be very stressful and it is important that, insofar as you can, not to panic but to carefully record all relevant information that will help you resolve matters.
The first priority of course must be to ensure that no one has been injured in the accident so, obviously, you should check out both yourself and any passengers you have in your vehicle and then confirm whether or not any other driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist or cyclist who was involved in the accident, is injured. It is important that you do not move any injured party, unless they are in danger from oncoming vehicles. You should call the emergency services informing them of the location of the crash and the number and severity of any personal injuries sustained.
If it is a serious motor accident, particularly if there are personal injuries involved, you should not move any vehicles but, instead, you should place a safety triangle approximately 60 feet behind the car nearest the oncoming traffic and await the arrival of the emergency services.
However, if the accident is a minor one, you should endeavour to move all vehicles out of the way of oncoming traffic:
Following a road traffic accident there is critical information that you should record and, in particular:
Just remember that the more information you secure at the scene, the easier it will be for the professionals involved to act on your behalf.
Author: Malcolm Fraser
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