As well as the legal obligations after an accident, a driver involved in an accident should take the following steps:
- As well as obtaining the name, address and registration number of any other driver involved, also ask for their telephone number.
- Ask anyone who was a witness to the accident for their name, address and telephone number.
- Do not argue about whose fault it was.
- Do not admit that the accident was your fault.
- If possible, make a sketch of what happened and put on the sketch plan any measurements (such as length of skid marks, distance of the vehicle from the kerb, etc).
- Make notes about any damage to the vehicles.
- If possible, take photographs of the damage and the scene of the accident.
- If you are insured for damage to your own vehicle and/or Third Party Property damage, you should notify your insurance company without delay. Even if you don't intend to make a claim on your insurance company, let them know you have been involved in a crash. Simply letting the insurance company know about the accident will not affect your no claim bonus.
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