Although the majority of people try to drive carefully to avoid having an accident, there are those who take more chances than others and sometimes external factors which make accidents more likely including weather conditions such as snow and ice, animals on country roads and driving in the dark.
If you are involved in an accident you will want to make sure you have the right car insurance so that you are fully covered and can make a claim if needed. Price comparison sites such as MoneySupermarket.com are great for making sure you get the right deal, dependent upon factors such as your age, the type of car you own, the amount of driving you do and the security features your car is equipped with.
Normally you might be a totally safe driver and an accident may not be your fault. If this does occur you need to make sure that you know how best to deal with the situation and how to avoid claiming on your own insurance. Here are some tips for what to do under pressure at the scene, after all, if you have an accident you probably won’t be thinking straight so it is good to be aware of how to reduce the stresses involved. Everybody believes it won’t happen to them until it does and it is better to be knowledgeable about what to do than be underprepared.
Most importantly you should assess whether there are any injuries and decide whether or not to call an ambulance. Once you know that all parties are ok you should take note of the time and date, what the weather conditions and visibility were like and potentially the type of road you were driving on. Secondly you should look at any damage done to the vehicles, making detailed notes about registration numbers and colours, as well identifying the names and addresses of all, and also the insurance details of the other driver. Remember that you can always return to the scene at a later date if it all seems a bit too much at the time.
Always be up front and honest with your insurer about an accident even if it wasn’t your fault as if it goes unreported, they can refuse to pay out. Obtaining the maximum amount of information can assist any claim you need to make to a car insurance company.