Safety tips: What to do at the scene of an accident

At this time of year we are all looking forward to taking some time off, unfortunately holidays are also a time when there is an increase in road accidents. We would like to see all of you back safely from your holidays with a checklist of safety tips on what to do at the scene of an accident. 

Assess the situation

After you have stopped your vehicle take stock of the situation. Evaluate the scene from different angles and judge the flow of traffic. Use hazard lights or a safety triangle to alert other drivers. Establish whether anyone involved in the accident has been injured and whether you can help them. Call the police and/or relevant emergency services and they will give you an estimate on when they will arrive and advice on how to handle the situation.

Be pragmatic

If you have an accident and your car is only slightly damaged, but is in an unsafe place such as on a blind rise or curve, you should move it. Often people don’t want to move their vehicles while they take time to recover or are waiting for police to arrive on the scene. But if you are positioned in a place where fast moving traffic can’t easily see you, you’re likely to cause a far worse accident.

Gather all the information you need

If you have been involved in an accident you will need to make sure you have some important information. This information will include full names, identity numbers addresses, telephone numbers and vehicle registration numbers. And, if you can, take down descriptions of vehicles (or take pictures with your cellphone) and get the names and telephone numbers of police, traffic officers, ambulance staff, and tow truck drivers. This information is important, not only for immediate circumstances, but also for when you might want to send a claim to your insurance or the Road Accident Fund. And you might need to get a copy of the accident report when police have completed it. For your police report you should take note of the location, weather conditions, traffic and road conditions.

Do not admit liability or guilt

When you have an accident you might experience heightened emotions or shock that make you want to say things that you wouldn’t normally want to say. But there could be repercussions when other people involved with the accident quote what you said later.

Do what you can  

Accident management is about doing what you can. It might seem heroic to enact dramatic scenes from the movies, but in many cases you are better positioned to help just by sitting and reassuring someone who has been in an accident. Passers-by can be of great assistance by offering consideration to victims through something as small as offering them some water.

We hope that you’ll never be in an accident. But, in the unfortunate incidence that you, or one of your staff members, are, having the Avis Fleet Accident Management solution can ensure you are able to rest assured that the trauma ends as soon as you get home safely. Avis Fleet will handle all the paperwork and actively manage your vehicle claim by sourcing the best repair value for the vehicle.

Visit Avis Fleet for more information on how Avis Fleet can work for you.


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