Given the high number of accidents on our roads, Nissan South Africa is sharing vital information on what to do if you’re involved in an accident:
- If you’re involved in a minor accident, move the vehicles out of traffic and into a safe area.
- If people have been injured, or if property has been damaged, you are legally required to stop and assist.
- If you’re unable to move your car, put your hazard lights on and place a warning triangle behind the car.
- If you, or anyone else is injured, call an ambulance.
- Even if the accident is minor, call the police.
- Gather information from others involved in the accident such as their names, ID numbers, contact details and vehicle registration.
- Take photos of the cars and the accident scene from different angles only if it is safe to do so.
- Be polite and remain calm at all times.
- Don’t admit liability for the accident.
- If the police do not arrive at the scene of the accident, ensure that you file a report at a police station within 24 hours. If you’re injured and cannot go to a police station within 24 hours, report it as soon as you can thereafter and explain why your report was delayed.
- If your car has been damaged and you’re unable to drive it, contact your car insurance firm to ask if there is a towing company they would prefer you to use.
- If your insurer doesn’t have a preferred towing company, ensure that you enlist the help of a tow truck operator affiliated with SATRA (South African Towing and Recovery Association), or UTASA (United Towing Association of South Africa). Make note of all their details, remove valuables from your car and ensure you understand the towing, and storage fees.
Source: Women on Wheels Author: Caira-Lee