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What to do after a car accident in the UK

There are lots of things you have to do if you get involved in a car accident so it pays to be aware of them. We’ll tell you what to do after a car accident and how to make a claim with your insurance company.
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Immediately after the accident

When you become involved with a car accident there are several things you have to do immediately. With a mobile phone in hand, the following steps are pretty simple to complete. No matter how minor the accident is, you must stop as failing to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. Turn your hazard lights on to warn other motorists. Call the emergency services If someone’s hurt in the accident, call the police. They should also be called if someone’s blocking the road. You should also call for an ambulance, if the injury is serious enough. You can either call the emergency number 999 or dial 101 in a non-emergency situation.

Exchange details

When you get involved in a car accident you have to give you contact details to the other party. Try and establish if the other driver is the car’s registered keeper and take details of their car insurance. If someone leaves the scene without giving their details, call 999 immediately. Don’t accept blame or say sorry for the accident as it could count against you later and you may not actually be at fault. If you hit a parked car, you should also stop and give your details. Most motorists put a note of their name and address under the window wiper.

Report to police

If you haven’t had to call out the police, you’ll need to report the accident to them within 24 hours of the incident. Failing to do so could result in a fine or penalty points on your licence.

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