If you are unfortunate enough to have been involved in a road traffic accident it is important that you follow the checklist provided below to ensure you protect your own interests;
Stop the car as soon as possible – it’s an offence not to do so;
Turn off the engine;
Switch the hazard lights on;
Check for any injuries to yourself or your passengers;
If it’s a minor collision and there are no injuries, make a note of it just in case the other people later try to claim for an injury;
Call the police and an ambulance immediately if anyone is hurt or if the road is blocked;
Try to remain as calm as possible – its normal to be shaken after an accident, take a few deep breaths and try to take stock of the situation the best you can. And don’t lose your temper;
Don’t apologise or admit responsibility for the accident until you’re completely aware of what happened – this can protect you from liability if it wasn’t your fault.
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