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What to Do After a Road Accident

The UK is one of the safest countries to drive in, yet road traffic accidents (RTA) are still an all too common occurrence. Even if you are a safe and responsible driver, you can still be the victim of an RTA due to the reckless driving and stupidity of others.

An RTA is something we hope will never happen to us; but even if the accident is minor, with no serious injuries, there is a procedure to follow to ensure that as many details of the accident are recorded as accurately as possible.

Motorist involved in car accident taking picture of damage for insurance claim

If you are involved in an RTA, here’s what to do.


Failing to stop at the scene of an accident is an offence. Switch your engine off and turn on the hazard lights.

Call 999

Call the police and if you suspect that anyone is injured, an ambulance. If the vehicles involved are obstructing the road, find a safe place to wait until help arrives.


Supply your name, address and vehicle documents. This is also the case for anyone else involved in the crash. Witnesses who aren’t directly involved should also give their details. An accident must be reported within 24 hours of it occurring.

No one involved in the RTA should leave the scene without giving their details. If so, it will be considered a hit and run, which is a serious offence.

Essential Information

Make a note of the following immediately after the accident:

  • Licence plate numbers of all involved
  • Weather and road conditions
  • Witnesses
  • Video and photographic evidence

An RTA can cause confusion and panic, even if you’re unhurt. A private investigation company can investigate and reconstruct the scene to establish all the facts, including vital details you may have missed in the occurrence of an RTA. For more information, contact Insight Investigations.

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