What To Do After A Roadside Accident

While we are often well-versed in the importance and necessity of driving safely, there are times when accidents occur that are simply beyond our control. 

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For example, accidents can be caused by other drivers, adverse weather conditions or even faulty or damaged vehicles. 

As a result, car accidents occur much more frequently than we would like to admit - with 

While there is plenty of new technology designed to make driving safer and many argue for the merits of autonomous cars - it’s important that you understand exactly what to do following an accident. 

While this was likely covered in your driving lessons and test, it also cannot hurt to refresh this knowledge. 

Immediately after the accident
  • If safe to do so, pull over your vehicle. Turn off your car and turn on your hazard lights. 
  • Check yourself for injuries. Remember, some injuries may not be immediately obvious to yourself or others, so even if you feel fine, you should get checked out by a medical professional later. 
  • Check others for injuries—call 999 to request medical support if necessary. You may also need to call the police. 
  • If necessary, swap insurance details with other drivers involved in the accident. 

In the days after the accident
  • Contact your car insurance to let them know that you have been involved in an accident, as this can help you cover the costs of damage. 
  • Check your car for signs of damage. This may need to be carried out by your insurance provider, especially if you need to schedule necessary repairs.
  • If you are found not at fault for the accident, remember that you will likely be able to receive some form of compensation. These funds can help you cover the costs of vehicle repairs, medical care, and even the cost of hiring out replacement vehicles. However, filing a claim can be complicated to do so alone - meaning it’s beneficial to enlist the help of a group of skilled car accident lawyers who can do the difficult work on your behalf. 
  • Give yourself some time to sit back and think about what happened. Car accidents can be scary - which means that you may have to work through some difficult emotions in the aftermath of the event. Remember, your emotional health is just as important as your physical health and needs to be addressed accordingly. 
  • Regardless of whether or not your car has been written off, you must take a step back and give yourself some time off the road. This will help you focus on your recovery from any injuries and move forward from what happened. As a result, you will feel much more confident when you decide to return to the road.
  • When getting back into driving, start with smaller journeys. This is the easiest way to regain your initial confidence without feeling overwhelmed by what is ahead of you. Trust in your ability to drive and remain alert - and slowly return to your usual driving routine.

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