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What to do at the scene of an accident?

  1. Get help for anyone injured. Don’t move the victim. Keep the injured person warm.
  2. Warn approaching traffic – don’t let one accident cause another.
  3. Call an ambulance if you think someone may be seriously hurt.
  4. Call police if someone is injured or if there is substantial damage to the vehicles.
  5. Co-operate fully with the police and obtain the incident number assigned to you case.
  6. Obtain the driver’s name, address, date of birth, telephone number, driver’s license number, driver’s license expiration date, insurance company name, insurance registration number and registration expiration date. Write down the year, make, model and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
  7. Obtain names, addresses and telephone numbers of any passengers and witness to the accident. Ask them to stay and talk to the police. If they cannot stay, ask them to explain to you what they saw and eventually write everything down.
  8. Identify people at the accident scene, even if they will not give you their contact information. If someone saw the accident and leaves the scene, you should make a note of his/her license plate number.
  9. Do not give any opinion about the accident to other people.
  10. Seek medical attention, as soon as possible.

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