The Easter long weekend is a busy time on the roads, which unfortunately means that accidents may occur.
If you find yourself involved in a car accident, regardless of the circumstances, the way that you handle the situation is very important. We have put together a guide what to do if you are in an accident, whether you are at fault or not.
Firstly, if you can move your car to the side of the road safely, do so. Leaving your car unnecessarily on the road presents issues for other drivers. If you are in an unsafe situation in which you cannot do this, put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers and wait for the authorities to arrive.
It is important to stay calm after the accident, especially when dealing with the other driver. Whilst you may find yourself feeling emotional, do not argue with them. If they attempt to do so, remain calm and wait for the authorities to arrive. Also do not admit you are at fault, this decision should be left to the insurers to handle. Remain honest and factual about the incident, especially with the police and insurance providers, without making judgment calls.
Once you know everyone is safe, ensure the authorities have been contacted and the incident has been reported. Also, make sure your insurance provider is alerted of the incident.
It is possible tow truck drivers will arrive on the scene. You may feel pressured into using their services in your emotional state. It may be worthwhile checking with the police on site or your insurance provider for preferred tow truck drivers. Your insurance provider can generally provide guidance on repairers in your local area, including whether a guarantee on your repairs can be offered.
Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life for drivers, so it is important to do your best to stay safe on the roads especially over busy times such as the Easter long weekend. For tips on how to do so, check out our top tips on staying safe on the roads this long weekend.