Steps to follow after a RTA

I have put together a list of some basic steps to follow after a road accident. You should carry out as many of the steps as possible as it may assist your claim.

  • Stop! You must stop after a road traffic accident.
  • Keep calm! No matter how angry you may feel.
  • Write down the make, model, colour and registration number of all vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Write down the name, address and insurance details of the other driver. You are entitled to these details by law.
  • Give the other driver your name, address and insurance details. He/she is entitled to these details by law.
  • Write down the damage caused to all vehicles involved.
  • Write down the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses.
  • If the other driver drives off, admits to driving a stolen vehicle, appears to have been drinking or if you feel it is necessary anyway - call the police.
  • Draw a sketch of the accident scene (show road junctions, traffic lights and the position of all vehicles involved).
  • Write down what happened as quickly as possible.
  • If you can, take photographs of the accident site and the damage to your vehicles - use your mobile phone.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company, even if the accident wasn't your fault. Your insurance policy will require you to do this. This is not the same as making a claim under your policy.
  • Get medical treatment for any injuries you sustain (even if symptoms don't appear until some time afterwards).

This is a guide only and is intended for information purposes only. Its contents should not be applied to any particular set of facts or relied upon without legal advice.

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