Witness a Crash?

Witness a Crash?

Released On 12th Feb 2024

Should you witness a crash?

Firstly, make sure you are safe and do not put yourself in danger. Only stop if it is safe to do so and use your hazard warning lights to alert other drivers. Do not smoke or allow anyone else to smoke near the scene of the accident. Check if anyone is injured and call an ambulance if needed. Do not move an injured person unless it is dangerous to leave them where they are. If you are trained in first aid, you can assist the injured by following the ABC code: clear their airways, stop any bleeding, and keep their circulation going. If you are not confident in your first aid skills, just offer comfort and support until the emergency services arrive.

If you are involved, exchange details with anyone else involved in the accident, including name, address, car registration number and insurance details. You should also take photos of the scene and the damage if possible. If the police are not at the scene, you should report the accident to them as soon as possible.

If you are a witness to the accident, you may be asked to give your name and contact details to the police, the insurance company or the solicitor of someone involved in the accident. You are not legally obliged to do so, but it may help to resolve the case and provide justice for the victims. You should also write down a detailed account of what you saw as soon as possible, as your memory may fade over time.

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