On the road, accidents happen. This article will help you be prepared, covering the steps from what to do on-site to how to find a car towing service.
Roads can be a hectic place these days. Just like all people are different, so are their driving habits. This makes a dangerous concoction and accidents become inevitable. What you do in case of an accident can determine the outcome for you and the other participants. Ability to stay calm and follow the right steps is key to ensure the best possible outcome.
Below we will outline the steps you’ll need to take one by one. Keep reading, so when you find yourself in an accident, you will know what to do and what to prioritize.
What to do when you find yourself in an accident?
1- Stay calm and don’t panic.
You want to have a clear head in these situations, however, the range of emotions that may rush through you after a car crash can make it difficult to think straight. Try to calm yourself down before you do anything else. Take a second to take a few deep breaths and slow your heart rate.
2- Assess the situation and call for help.
How bad is it, Is your car in a dangerous position? If so, you should turn off the engine as this could be another hazard. If not, turn on the hazard lights.
If you have passengers in the car, quickly assess their condition and injuries. If anyone requires emergency services, call 000 if you are in Victoria. All states except Victoria should call 131 444.
Next phone call should be to the local car towing service.
While you wait for the ambulance, you can perform first aid on the injured passengers. Don’t move the injured passenger if you believe they may have spinal or head injuries. If they are unconscious, with their head tilted down on their chest, their airways might be blocked. Gently tilt their head upwards and provide subtle support to allow the oxygen to get through their airways.
3- Clear the surrounding area and check on the other driver.
If you can move away from the injured or unconscious passengers, and if it is safe to get out of the car. Remove any hazardous debris that can make it difficult for the first aid to get to the car.
This is also the time to check on the other driver, are they injured? If not, take the opportunity to ask for the other driver’s information. Be sure to include their name, phone number, address, licence plate number, make and model of the car, and their insurance carrier and policy number.
Since this is a detailed list of information that may not be easy to remember at the time of an accident, you could prepare the list of questions and keep it in your car - just in case.
4- Take notes of the situation.
Take photos and notes while on the scene. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget little details. Solid evidence like photos will make it much easier to lodge an insurance claim and also to relay the information to the police. Describe everything in as much detail as you can.
5- Visit to the doctor’s office
You should get yourself medically checked even if you feel alright and have no visible injuries. Some injuries caused by accidents don’t show the symptoms immediately but can affect your health and wellbeing later on. It is always a good idea to stay safe and get yourself checked out just in case.
What to do if the accident is not your fault?
What to do if the accident is your fault.
Emergency Contact numbers for Accidents.
To report a major dangerous accident with serious injuries and the need for medical help:
Call 000 - Australia wide
For minor accidents, you should report them to Police , who can also assist with organising a tow truck.
Call 131 444
This applies to all the states/territories except Victoria, where drivers must contact their local police station, or simply 000.
Report an accident
You will need to report a crash to the police within 24 hours.
Where possible, to report minor traffic incidents and breakdowns, you are advised to contact your state or territory’s traffic control center.