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Important Car Accident Do’s and Don’ts

Car accident do’s & don’ts to keep in mind

Being involved in a car accident is the very last thing you need. But, these things do happen and then you have to be aware of what to do in the unfortunate circumstances.

Car accident do’s

  • Stay at the scene of the car accident
  • Remain as calm as possible
  • Obtain information from the other party:
    • Name and contact information
    • Driver’s license information
    • License plate number
    • Vehicle type (year, make, model and color)
  • Get Witnesses contact information from as many witnesses as possible
  • Obtain Insurance Information from the other party involved in the accident
    • Insurance provider
    • Policy number
  • Written notes: Time of day, date and all parties involved in accident

Notes: Make a drawing of the position of the vehicles involved in the car accident, also depicting traffic lanes, road signs, traffic lights

You have to report the accident at the closest Police Station, where you will have to make a statement and complete the relevant Vehicle Accident forms, after which you will be given a case number.

Contact your Insurance Provider to report the accident as soon as possible, even if you do not plan to submit a claim.

When you do submit a claim, you have to provide the police case number and as much information as possible. This is where the notes you took at the scene of the accident will come in handy.

Car accident don’ts

  • Never leave the scene of the accident immediately
  • Never lose your temper and give in to rage
  • Never admit that you are guilty if the car accident was your fault
  • Do not refuse to provide the other party with information
  • Do not provide the other party with false information

Car accident Claims

As soon as you have reported the accident to your Insurance Provider and submitted your claim, they will set the claim process in motion and contact you when they need additional information or to keep you up to date.

If your car needs to be repaired, please keep in mind that you will have to pay your excess amount before your Insurance Provider pays the balance of the amount regarding car repairs.