Personal Planning

Car Accident Checklist UK: What To Do After a Car Accident

We have put together this simple checklist to help you in the event of a car crash.

You don’t expect to be involved in a car accident; but sometimes it can happen. It is important to stay calm if this does happen and try to avoid any further injury or distress. We have put together this simple checklist to help you in the event of a car crash:

Straight after the accident:

  • Stop the car and turn off the engine as soon as you can (it is an offence not to do so)
  • Switch on your hazard lights.
  • Check if there are any injuries, both in your car and the other car that is involved
  • If it is a minor collision and there are no injuries, make a note in case there are any later claims
  • Dial 999 and request police and an ambulance if necessary.
  • Do not apologise or admit any responsibility until you are completely aware of what happened.

Important details to record and exchange at the scene of the accident:

  • The make, model, colour and the number plate of the vehicles involved in the accident
  • Take pictures if possible of the vehicle(s) involved in the accident
  • The date and time of when the crash occurred
  • The driving conditions when the crash occurred (could include weather, lighting, road quality, road marketing etc.)
  • What sort of damage has occurred to the vehicles involved in the crash
  • If there were any injuries to any parties involved in the crash
  • The names and contact details of any witnesses
  • Any applicable insurance information of the other individual(s) involved in the crash

Insurance Information:

Call you insurance company as soon as you call (you can do this at the scene of the accident). They will request the following information:

  • Your policy number and information which they will use to identify you.
  • The registration number of the vehicles involved in the accident
  • The drivers name, address and phone number
  • The drivers insurance details if they have provided them