To ensure your own safety and protection, you need to react quickly and correctly at the time of an accident, getting the right information from the right people.
What to Do:
- Stay calm. Turn off the engine, leave your car where it is, if it is safe to do so. Otherwise, drive to the side of the road or a well-lit parking lot
- Check for injuries. If you think you are injured, stay in your car, relax and ask for someone to call for help, on 000, or do so yourself.
- Assess the situation. NEVER walk directly between two cars – if one is hit again, you could be trapped between them.
- Provide medical help to others ONLY if you are trained to do so.
- Call the police, on 000, if necessary, or if you feel threatened, or the other party is acting aggressively. Do not threaten to call the police to calm someone down, just call them. Do not tell the police it was your fault, even if you believe it was.
- Be tactful and courteous, even if angry.
- Obtain information from the other driver i.e. names and insurance information, and refrain from admitting fault.
- Know where you want to go to get your car repaired, and tell your tow truck driver this.
- Check the WA Police website to see if you need to make a report, and keep a copy of it for yourself if you do make a report.
- Take Pictures Use your phone, and take pictures of the car, the surroundings, the other people, and the other driver’s licence.
IMPORTANT: Please PRINT THIS and keep in your glove box. In case of accident, please fill out the following and keep for your reference. If there is more than one other driver, please use the form overleaf for extra details.