Unfortunately, even if you try your best to drive responsibly and defensively, accidents can still happen.
After a car accident, there are important steps you should take to ensure your own safety, and the safety of others involved.
Here is a quick list of some of things you – or your teenager- needs to do after a car crash.
1. YOU AND YOUR CAR
Stay calm. Take a few deep breaths and gather your thoughts. Evaluate yourself and the passengers in your car to determine whether or not you need medical attention. If medical attention is needed, call 000.
2. THE OTHER DRIVER
You will need to exchange information with the other driver, or anyone whose property has been damaged (property can include things like houses, fences or gardens). Remember to swap the following details: Names; Addresses; Phone Numbers; Car Make and Model; Car License Number; Insurance Company Name; Insurance Company Phone Number and Insurance Policy Number.
Ask any witnesses to give a statement to the police, to describe what happened. Record their name and phone number.
4. THE ACCIDENT
It’s important to record details of the accident, including the date, time, location and a detailed description. This information may be hard to remember if you don’t write it down immediately following the incident.
5. YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
Call your insurance company to begin the claims process. You should record details of your insurance company, including their name, phone number and your insurance policy number.
A car accident can be a harrowing experience. Faced with this level of stress, it can be hard to remember what to do and details of the accident. Aussie-driver.com has collated the above information and created a helpful car crash checklist, which is available to download from our website . We recommend printing the checklist and keeping it handy in your car’s glove box.