Involved in a Car Accident in Northern Ireland? Here’s what to do next
Every year, thousands of drivers across Northern Ireland are involved in car accidents. Even if you’re being careful, a reckless driver could cause a serious accident, leaving you and other passengers with an injury.
Car accident can be very stressful. Knowing what to do can keep you calm, allowing you to think quickly and clearly. We hope that the list we created will help you through the process, giving you the knowledge you need when you need it most.
Stop Your Vehicle
You should always stop your vehicle after an accident, failing to do so is an offence.
If your car is causing an obstruction on the road, you should pull over your vehicle when it is safe to do so. If you are moving your vehicle, it would be best to first take photographs to note the car's exact position.
Turn Off Your Engine and Turn On Your Hazard Lights
Once you stopped your vehicle, turn off your engine and put on your hazard lights. This will alert other road users to the fact that you are stationary.
Check for Any Injuries and Seek Medical Attention
Once you are stationary, you will have the opportunity to assess what has happened and survey the outside of the vehicle. Depending on the accident, there may be someone who suffered an injury. If anyone is injured, you should immediately call for an ambulance or the police.
Collect Details and Take Photographs
After making sure nobody was injured, you should exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. You are required by law to do this. You should note the driver's vehicle, as well as the names of everyone involved in the accident.
Make sure to note the time of the accident, driving conditions, as condition of the road. It is vital that you try to take photos of your vehicle from many angles, noting the position of the cars. Document as much information as possible because you may rely on it later.
While it is normal to be emotional after an accident, you should try to remain as calm as possible. Don’t lose your temper, this will only escalate tensions. Think clearly and never apologise or admit responsibility, it is for the solicitor and insurer to determine fault.