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What To Do If You Have A Car Accident

Unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident? Here are the steps you need to take to deal with it quickly and smoothly...

It’s not a nice thought, but car accidents happen and it’s important to know what to do if you’re caught up in one.

If you take the right steps immediately after a car accident, you can stop a bad situation from getting worse and help to make sure your car insurance claim is paid out without a hitch.

What to do after a car accident

  • Stop the car - failing to do so is an offence.
  • Switch off the engine and turn on the hazard lights.
  • Check for any injuries to yourself or passengers.
  • Call an ambulance if necessary.
  • Call the police - 999 or 101 depending on the situation.
  • Give your details to anyone else involved.
  • Collect details from any other drivers, passengers or witnesses.
  • Take photos if necessary.
  • Contact your insurer.


However minor you think a car accident is, you must stop. In fact, failing to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act.

You should make sure your car’s engine is switched off and then turn your hazard lights on to alert other road users to your presence.

Who to call after a car accident

Take a look around. If anyone has been injured in the car accident you should call the police on 999 (and an ambulance too if necessary) as soon as possible. If you don't need an emergency response, then you should call the police on 101 instead.

The police should also be called if the car accident is blocking the road or if you feel there was/foul play involved - if you suspect you’re a victim of a ‘crash for cash’ scam, for example, where a driver deliberately causes an accident to make a fraudulent insurance claim.

A dash cam can help you avoid falling victim to crash for cash scams. However, be sure to pick the right one, or you may be left with low-quality footage that won't help prove what happened. 

Giving details after a car accident

When you're involved in a car accident you’re obliged to give your name and address to anyone else involved.

You should stop and give your details if you crash into something on or near the road even if there aren't any other people involved. If you hit a parked car, for example, you should leave your details on the windscreen.

Avoid saying sorry or accepting blame for the accident until you know precisely what happened as it could count against you later on.

Car accidents should also be reported to the police within 24 hours. Failure to do so could result in a fine, penalty points or even disqualification.

Collecting details after a car accident

If possible, you should collect names, addresses and contact details from any drivers, passengers and witnesses.

Ask the other drivers involved for their car insurance details and try to establish whether they are the registered keeper of their vehicle. If they aren’t, find out who is and make a note of their name and address.

Call 999 straightaway if someone leaves the scene of the car accident without giving their details.

Other information to collect from the accident

Here are some other important details you should try to collect at the scene of the car accident:

  • The registration numbers of all vehicles involved, plus a note of each vehicle’s colour, make and model.
  • The time and date of the crash.
  • A sketch showing the positions of the vehicles involved.
  • A description of the weather conditions, plus anything unusual you notice about the road quality or lighting.
  • A list of damage to vehicles and a description of any injuries sustained by pedestrians, drivers and passengers.

You may find it useful to take photos of the car accident for use as evidence

Some drivers carry disposable cameras for this purpose, but most modern mobile phones will take good enough shots to help you remember important details.

Finally, choose Coopers Auto Body

You have a legal right to choose who repairs your car, even if you're making a car insurance claim for it. According to legislation known as the Block Exemption Regulation, your insurer can't force you to use their repairers and they'll still pay out for the repairs if your claim's accepted.

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