Getting into a motor vehicle accident can be a stressful and scary experience. It’s important to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation. In New South Wales, there are specific guidelines and laws that you need to follow after a motor vehicle accident. In this article, we will discuss what to do in a motor vehicle accident and how to protect yourself and your vehicle.
The first priority after a motor vehicle accident is to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries, and if anyone is injured, call an ambulance immediately by dialling triple zero (000). If you are able, move your vehicle to a safe location off the road, such as a shoulder or a nearby parking lot. Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
What to do in a motor vehicle accident, Before alighting from the vehicle:
Secondly, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. For example, if you have slid off the road on a slippery corner, another car may do the same. Stand in a safe spot and try to have the traffic coming at you in your line of sight. If you are involved in a nose-to-tail car accident, never stand between the vehicles or at the rear of the final car in the queue.
Take some deep breaths and try to lower your heart rate. If the Airbags go off during the collision, this will cause a lot of fine dust or a powder-like substance. Many people mistake this as smoke and panic, thinking it is smoke from a fire. Similarly, if the front of your motor vehicle is damaged, chances are the radiator is punctured. That causes steam to escape and is again often mistaken as fire smoke.
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In New South Wales, you must call the police if:
When you call the police, provide your location and the details of the accident, including the number of vehicles involved and the extent of the damage. The police will then dispatch a team to the scene.
After ensuring your safety and calling the police, the next step is to exchange information with the other drivers involved. This includes:
It’s also a good idea to get the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident. This information can be valuable later on if you need to make a claim with your insurance company.
Documenting the accident scene by taking photos or videos of the damage to your vehicle and any other vehicles involved is important. This can be helpful evidence when making an insurance claim.
If your vehicle is not drivable or unsafe to drive, you must arrange for it to be towed. You can call a towing service like Autotow Car Towing Sydney, which offers 24-hour emergency towing services in Sydney and surrounding areas. Make sure to provide the towing company with the location of the accident and any other relevant information.
It’s important to note that even if your vehicle looks to have only minor damage, there may be underlying issues that could make it unsafe to drive. Autotow can advise you on the best course of action. Furthermore, Autotow can arrange for professional smash repairs at a reputable Insurance company-approved Automotive Collision Centre.
You should contact your insurance company after the accident, even if you don’t intend to make a claim. They can provide you with advice on what to do next and how to proceed with a claim if necessary.
Suppose you do intend to make a claim. In that case, your insurance company will ask you for the details of the accident and any other relevant information, such as photos or videos of the damage. They will also advise you on the next steps, such as arranging for an assessment of the damage to your vehicle.
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