1. Stop the car as soon as possible – it's an offence not to do so.
  2. Turn off the engine and switch on the hazard lights.
  3. Check for any injuries to yourself or your passengers.
  4. If it's a minor collision and there are no injuries, make a note of it just in case the other people later try to claim for an injury. Call the police and an ambulance immediately if anyone is hurt or if the road is blocked.
  5. Try to remain as calm as possible – don't apologise or admit responsibility for the accident until you're completely aware of what happened – this can protect you from liability if it wasn't your fault.

What information to record at the scene:

  1. Details of the vehicles involved in the accident (make, model, colour, and registration) you could even take pictures of them.
  2. The time and date of the crash.
  3. The driving condition - weather, lighting, and road quality (such as road markings, whether its wet or muddy, condition of the road surface).
  4. What sort of damage was caused to the vehicles and where – nearside front wing and door (nearside is the left side of your car, offside is the drivers side).
  5. Any injuries to drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.
  6. The names and contact details of any other drivers involved.
  7. The names and contact details of any witnesses.
  8. Use your phone to take pictures of the scene, the positions of the cars involved, and damage to the cars.

If nobody else is involved in the accident, for example you caused damage to private property or a parked car, you should leave your details – maybe a note where the owner can see it.

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