Accidents are undoubtedly one of the more traumatic and stressful events that can happen, and while we do all we can to maintain vigilance to avoid them; they can strike at any given time. Typical reactions to extremely stressful situations can often lead to inappropriate behaviour which can be compromising when dealing with the aftermath of an accident and it is important to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure that the situation can be resolved as easily as possible.
According to the AA, "it is critical to obtain as much information as possible from the driver of the other vehicle including their name and address, identity number, contact details, the make of their vehicle and registration number. It is also advisable to identify the location of the accident and clearly defining distances from fixed point as well as a simple sketch of what happened backed up with photographic evidence could be invaluable should the collision lead to a court case "says the AA.
In terms of Section 61 of the National Road Traffic Act (93 of 1996), a driver is obliged to do the following when involved in a vehicle accident:
It is a fact that 65% of vehicles on our roads are uninsured, and this can result in an enormous financial burden. Make sure you are covered properly such as insuring your car through the AA which comes with the added benefit of AA Advantage Plus providing a free accident towing benefit. Unscrupulous towing contractors prey on the uninsured, so it is vital to get your ducks in a row and establish the credibility and towing and recovery rate of any towing service on the scene. "Never sign a blank towing form and obtain as much information about the towing operator as possible, including whether they have any accreditation with the AA or major insurance companies"
"In the event that your vehicle needs to be towed to a panel beater, make sure that you contact your insurer personally to get their advice on who they would recommend to do the recovery. Remember to always obtain a reference number from your insurer. Don't panic, this can take time and maintaining a cool, clear head is the best way to treat the situation." the AA goes on to say.
Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
011 799 1126