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How To Deal With A Motor Accident

May 6, 2016 |

 

While every driver wishes that they would never have to face the unfortunate event of a motor accident it is usually inevitable that you would face a small motor accident or two in your time as a driver. The question is however, how to deal with an accident of this nature. In most cases, many drivers do not know how to deal with an incident such as this and are unaware of the proper procedures and will sometimes not get paid the money’s that they are due as they did not do what was necessary.

Damages to your car

You will be able to access the damages to your car at first glance however, it is important to ask a professional panel beater analyse the car and the damage and give you an assessment of what needs to be done with and give you a cost estimate for the repairs. You will need to have a police officer and an insurance officer access the accident and make a judgment on whose fault the damage was and therefore who should pay for the damages.

It is important to remember that although you may not see a lot of damage on the exterior of your car, there may be a lot of damage on the inside and therefore it is important not to try to assess the damage yourself and try to use the car in its present state. A panel beater should in most cases be able to fix the exerior damage however, in some cases; you may need to hand your car over to someone higher up the ladder with higher qualifications.

How to deal with the immediate situation

One of the first things you will need to do is to immediately note down the name, the license plate number and the cars make and model as soon as the accident has taken place. This is in case the other driver tries to drive off during the talks and in the case that they are liable to pay you damages for the accident. If you do not have a pen or a paper with you, you will need to keep repeating the number out loud until you have memorized it or you may take a picture with your phone if you have it with you at the time. Although it is unlikely that the driver will drive away, it has been known to happen and therefore you cannot be too careful. You will also need to immediately turn on your hazard lights in order to warn other drivers of your predicament.