We have complied a useful checklist that should be followed in the aftermath of an accident. This information will be useful if you intend to pursue a claim for vehicle damage, personal injury or both. You should ensure the following details are recorded;
1. The make, model, colour, and number plate of the vehicles involved in the accident and/or pictures of them;
2. The time and date of the accident;
3. The driving conditions, including the weather, lighting and road quality; this should include any road markings, whether the road is wet and whether the road surface is poorly maintained;
4. The nature of the damage caused to the vehicles;
5. Any injuries to drivers, passengers or pedestrians;
6. The name and contact details of any witnesses;
7. Take photographs of the scene with your phone. It is particularly important to capture the position of the cars involved and any damage caused to the cars;
8. If it was a single car accident and damage was caused to private property or a parked car, you should leave your details. Honesty does pay in cases of this nature. If you are caught on CCTV or by a witness to the accident and you have left the scene without taking these steps you could be prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident.
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