Being involved in a car accident, even if it's a minor one, can be overwhelming. But remember, accidents happen – even to excellent drivers.
In the event of a minor car accident, it's important that you know what to do. This quick and easy guide can help you remember the steps to take (and of course, in the case of a serious accident, contact emergency services first on 000).
6 Steps To Take After A Minor Car Accident
Stop the car and take a few deep breaths. Accidents can happen.
Turn on your hazard lights to prevent a secondary accident from occurring.
Move your car off the road if it’s safe to do so and make sure everyone is OK
Swap details with all drivers, passengers and witnesses (full names, registration details, addresses, contact numbers and licence) and take photos.
Don’t discuss or admit fault - your insurer is responsible for determining this.
When you’ve collected the other drivers details, contact your insurer as soon as possible to lodge your claim.
If you’re unsure if the car is safe to drive, towing can be organised to one of your insurer's recommended repairers.
Also check with your insurer if a hire car can be arranged at no cost to you.