Crash, bang, wallop: What to do if you prang your motor

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Whether you’re flashing it up in a Ferrari or looking bling in a Benz, crashing your pride and joy into a lamppost or another road user will shatter your cool exterior quicker than a F12berlinetta hits 60mph.

Admittedly, any collision is a head in hands moment – but aside from the obvious damage to your motor, there’s also the very real prospect that you, your passenger or another driver could be seriously injured.

Even though Dear Old Blighty has one of the best road safety records on the planet (statistics reveal deaths on our roads have fallen from 5,500 in the mid 1980s to under 1,800 in 2012), five folk a day still lose their lives on the highways and byways of Britain.

While it’s easy to imagine that car crashes only happen to other people, the threat of twisted metal and broken bones – not to mention the associated costs – are tangible realities every time you sit behind the wheel of your motor.

Consequently, if you do happen to write off your vehicle, try to remember these top tips …

Don’t Flee the Scene

It may sound obvious, but if you’re unfortunate enough to have an accident, it’s important to stop at the scene if there are any injuries or damage to property. If not, you run the risk of arrest, as this is an offence under the Road Traffic Act.

Additionally, make sure your car’s engine is off and turn your hazard lights on to make other drivers aware of your presence. What’s more, according to the AA, you must be prepared to give your details to anyone with “reasonable grounds” to ask for them.

Collect Details

After an accident, it’s important to collect as much information as you can from drivers, passengers and witnesses. This includes names, addresses and contact numbers, as well as car insurance details and whether or not they’re the registered keeper of the vehicle.

If you have a cool enough head at the time, it’s also worthwhile jotting down the registration numbers of all vehicles involved, plus the colour, make and model. These days, it’s easy to gather this information, with most people using their smartphones to capture the particulars.

Claim Compensation

Although it seems we live in an increasingly litigious world, there may come a time when you need to claim compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault. With that in mind, it’s often best to make your car injury claim through a team of qualified experts to ensure a satisfactory resolution.

Whether it’s whiplash or a broken leg, any time spent convalescing due to the fault of another road user can impinge on your ability to earn – which is why claiming compensations for your personal injury is often a necessity.

Now it’s your turn …

Have you been involved in an accident recently? What advice would you give to our readers who find themselves in the same boat? Please leave a comment below detailing your experience – we’d love to hear from you.


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