What To Do At An Accident Scene

No one ever thinks they will be in an accident or come across an accident scene.

We rarely ever think of it when we leave our houses and hop into our cars. We regularly read reports in the news or see unsightly wrecks on the road. But we don’t picture ourselves in an accident scene.

Though we never pray for such as misfortune, even on our worst enemies, it is wise to prepare for such eventualities.

Fortunately, the law itself provides us with steps to follow if we ever encounter an accident scene. Heaven forbid.

The National Road Traffic Act Lays Down the Procedures to be Followed At an Accident Scene

Accident Scene

Stop  Immediately

If you happen to cause an accident on the road this provision in the law requires you to stop. Whether you’ve caused injury to a person or damaged property, you need to stop.

Actually you have to stop at the accident scene and failure to do so will result in years or jail time or fines in the hundreds of thousands. That is what it says in Section 89 of the same Traffic Act.

After stopping you need to find out the extent of the damage both in terms of bodily harm to any victims and destruction of property.

Should you cause injury to anyone in the accident scene, you must use whatever knowledge of first aid you have to assist them. If you have no such background you should call an ambulance as quickly as possible.

You should have your city’s emergency lines saved on your phone for this purpose. Do not make any attempt to move injured persons at the accident scene if you have no medical knowledge.

Secure the Accident Scene

By securing the accident scene we mean preserving the scene as it happened and securing any information that may be of value to a report of the incident.

This means leaving the vehicles as they were at the moment of the crash so that no evidence that could help subsequent investigations is interfered with. This is especially important if the accident caused injuries or was part of a criminal investigation.

Also you must collect any relevant information from the accident scene. This includes the full names, ID numbers and addresses of anyone involved in the accident as well as witnesses.

Equally important are the registration numbers of all vehicles in the accident. You should also be careful to note down the details of police officers at the accident scene; even those of the paramedics who came and the tow truck operators.

Report the Accident

The accident must be reported to the police within 24 hours of its occurrence, according to the Traffic Act. As you report you should give your personal details, car registration and driving license to the police officer at either the accident scene or police station.

If no one in the accident scene has been injured, a policeman does not need to be called there, but still the incident must be reported. After reporting the incident the concerned officer will fill out a form which will be filed at the Department of Transport and Public Works.

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All info was correct at time of publishing July 27, 2018