• Posted on May 7, 2018

Accidents happen on South African roads every day. The main causes of accidents on our roads are:

  • Distracted drivers, especially ones using their phones and eating while driving
  • Drivers not sticking to the speed limits
  • Drinking and driving
  • Negligent driving
  • Pedestrians dashing across the road when they shouldn’t or not making an effort to be visible to drivers on the road
  1. If you happen to get involved in a car accident, would you know what to do? Read our important tips below on how to deal with car accidents as even if you are a very responsible driver, you can get into an accident at any time. Don’t drive away from the accident scene. By law, you’re required to stop your vehicle if you’ve been in an accident that has caused injury or death of a person or damage to property. When you stop, switch on your hazards to warn other vehicles and only climb out of your car if it’s safe to do so.
  2. Call for help. If anyone involved in the accident is injured, call an ambulance.
  3. Help those who are injured, if you can, but don’t administer first aid unless you are qualified to do so.
  4. Stay at the scene until a police officer gives you permission to leave unless you are taken to get medical help.
  5. Assess the damage. Make sure you mark the position of the cars with spray paint or chalk if possible or take a photograph of the scene before moving any cars. However, if a person or animal has been injured, do not move any cars as this may tamper with evidence.
  6. Take down important information of all drivers so that you can submit a claim to your insurance company or the Road Accident Fund or claim the cost of repairs from another driver. Here is the information you need to take down:
    • Full names and surnames
    • ID numbers
    • Contact numbers
    • Email addresses
    • Physical addresses
    • Vehicle registrations
    • Vehicle description
    • Contact details of tow truck drivers, paramedics and police officers at the scene of the accident
    • Time of accident
    • Location of accident
    • Road conditions
  7. Report the accident to the police within a day or as soon as possible
  8. Report the accident to your insurance company to submit a claim.
  9. Don’t admit causing the accident before speaking to your insurance company or attorney.
  10. Watch who tows away your car. Don’t let a towing service that is not authorised by your insurance company tow your car away.