No one wants to be involved in a car accident, but with over 220,000 injury causing road collisions happening every year in the UK, it is quite possible that sooner or later misfortune will strike us. It can be a great help to know what to do if you've had a car accident and how you can get the help you need. We take a look at the basic steps to take after a car accident below.

What to do after a car accident:

Step 1 – Check for injuries
Priority number one should always be to check that nobody is seriously injured. If they are, an ambulance should obviously be called immediately. Some injuries (such as whiplash) are not always immediately apparent, but medical attention should be sought even if the pain and symptoms don't develop for hours or days. Also report the accident to the police if there are any injuries in the incident.

If you are not seriously injured after the accident, it is wise to collect as much as possible of the information set out in the steps below.

Step 2 – Get details of the other driver and witnesses
It is important to get the name, address and (if possible) insurance details of the other driver involved in the collision. It is a criminal offence for them to refuse to give these details if an injury to a person or damage to vehicles has occurred.

Also get the name and address of any witnesses to the crash, as an independent account of events can be invaluable.

Step 3 – Get details of the other vehicles
It is also important to take down details of the other vehicle[s] involved. Noting such things as the registration number, the make, model and colour of vehicles can be a great help if making an insurance/compensation claim later.

Step 4 – Take pictures and take notes
With the growth in quality of mobile phone cameras recently, photographic evidence has become more common and more important in recent years. Taking photos of the crash scene, road layout and damage to vehicles provides documentary proof that can back up your version of events if they are later contested.

It is also important to write down as many notes you can relating to the accident whilst your memory is reasonably fresh. This should include such details as the number of passengers in the other vehicles, the road conditions and signage, whether the other vehicle was indicating/not using headlights etc, and the speed you were travelling at.

Step 5 – Report to insurance company
Make sure you report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.

Next step – contact us
If the accident was not your fault, and you suffered injury as a result, then contact us now. We can handle everything for you, and get you the compensation you deserve.

Choose to use our expert team who take your case on a no win no fee. We can even get you a like for like car replacement completely free of charge.

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