By Emily Billiau.
Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be very stressful and upsetting. Knowing what steps to take is extremely important, particularly where you or any other person involved in the collision is injured or if your vehicle sustains significant damage.
Below are some tips on what to do if you are involved in an accident:
1. Secure the Scene
Where possible, ensure the scene is safe and the hazard lights of the vehicles involved are switched on.
At the scene of an accident it is likely that emotions will run high. While it can be difficult, it is best to try and remain calm.
2. Alert Emergency Services
Check to see how many people are injured and what injuries they have. Avoid moving anyone who is injured unless absolutely necessary.
Call emergency services (on 000) and advise of the location, the number of people injured and whether police, ambulance or fire services are needed.
You will need to call the police if there is an injury, death, a vehicle needs to be towed, a party refuses to provide their details or if the repairs are likely to cost more than $2,500.00.
3. Record the details
It is important to record as many details as possible, including:
4. After the accident
As soon as possible after the accident you will need to:
5. Contact a lawyer
If you are not responsible for causing the accident and you are injured, you may be entitled to compensation by bringing a claim for damages for personal injuries.
Such claims can be quite complex and the time limits that apply to bringing a claim are strict. If you are considering bringing a claim, it is advised that you consult a solicitor as soon as possible.
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