What to do in a car accident

June 1st, 2012 in Car Safety

A few weeks ago my sister was in a car accident, luckily not a bad one.

She was in a taxi and the taxi driver was driving her to the tube station, on the way to the station he had to cross over and turn right onto a dual carriageway, this dual carriageway near where we live is a really tricky one to cross. It does require patience as you really have to wait until it is completely clear on both sides before you can even attempt to move.

So the taxi that my sister was in pulled straight out onto the dual carriageway with oncoming traffic heading their way on the right side of them. Luckily my sister was sitting on the left hand side of the car, she saw a car approaching them at high speed and told the driver, yet he still pulled out. It was at that point that the other car crashed straight into them. It all happened very quickly and my sister called me up straight away in complete shock. She didn't know what to do in this situation as she hadn't been in a crash before as a witness. She was very shaky she was panicking and she was not thinking properly. She called me up and asked me what to do; I managed to calm her down and then told her that she needed to take down some information, especially as she was a passenger and a witness.

Do you panic straight away?

If I was in a crash, as a passenger or as the driver, I would probably panic straight away and forget vital information that I need to take down. In this blog I am going to write a list of all the information you should take down if you are in a crash. That way you will know in future what details to retrieve in the event of a crash.

The most important things to note down:

  • The time
  • Date
  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number of the driver and passengers if any.
  • If the driver is employed, take down the employee's details.
  • Try and note down a description of the driver and any distinguishing features.
  • The location of where you are
  • The vehicle details, make, model, year, registration plate, colour and any modifications.
  • How many passengers there are
  • If the driver was using their head lights/indicators

It is also a really good idea to take photos of the accident if you can.

There are a lot of ways that crashes happen, from speeding to the weather to break failure. If you are aware of your surroundings and you look after your car properly, along with staying safe whilst your drive. You hopefully won't have to ever use the information above.