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What To Do If You Have An Accident On The Way To Work

If you’re involved in an accident on the way to work, particularly if it’s a road accident, then there are a few things that you’re going to need to make sure you do. Firstly, you’re going to need to stop, even if the accident is just a minor one, and no damage has been caused. There are a number of different things that can happen at any time of day, but in rush hour with everyone rushing on the way to get to work at a certain time, erratic driving can cause a number of minor to major accidents. Here, we’re taking a look at the top things that you should do if you’re involved in an accident on the way to work.

Exchange Details

Whether you’re the cause of the accident or not, you’re going to need to ensure that you swap names and addresses with the other driver. Whether you decide to make a claim through insurance or not, there are a huge number of different reasons why you should still make sure that you swap details. If no offense was committed, no animals were involved in the accident, no injuries occurred and there was either minor or no damage, then exchanging details is all you need to do. If no other driver was involved in the accident and you simply hit a parked car, for instance, you should make sure that you leave these details on the car’s windscreen.

Call Emergency Services

If someone has been injured in any way, you should ensure that the police and an ambulance are called. It is also important to ensure that you call the police if your vehicle(s) are blocking the road as they can help to navigate the traffic and deal with the situation as soon as possible. If the police do not attend to the scene due to the accident being minor and their presence is not necessary, then you should still ensure that you head to a police station within 24 hours. Calling the emergency services doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be in any form of trouble, particularly if the accident wasn’t your fault. It simply helps to ensure that there is a record of it.

Make A Claim

If the accident you were involved in wasn’t your fault, or it occurred in a work car park and was a cause of company negligence before you even walk into the building, then you might consider making a claim. Whether this is through your insurance company, or you’re seeking compensation claims, then you should ensure you know all of the details relating to the accident. You will need to write down or make note of the time and place of the accident, who was involved, how the accident occurred, the weather and traffic conditions at the time of the accident, any particular road markings or signals that may be in place at the time, and if there are any cameras around the area that may have caught sight and recorded the incident. Any witnesses may also help with your claim. Once you have all of this information, you may then be able to make a valid claim for compensation. 

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