What to do if you’re in a collision

If you’re involved in a car crash, hopefully you’re safe. Stay calm and do these things:

  1. You must stop and report the crash. If you drive away from an accident you could be fined £5,000, imprisoned for six months and get up to 11 penalty points. If any car involved does drive off, note down their registration or description if you can.  If you suspect the other driver/s to have committed an offence, contact the police.
  2. Switch on your hazard lights to warn traffic and try to remain calm.
  3. Turn off all engines and don’t smoke – petrol could be leaking and it’s flammable.
  4. If there are casualties, debris in the road, or your car is causing an obstruction, phone 999. Give the emergency services full details of where you are and the number of casualties (on a motorway, use the emergency telephone, placed every mile along the hard shoulder).
  5. If you phone on a mobile on the motorway, marker posts beside the hard shoulder indicate your location.
  6. Get people who aren’t injured away from the crash vehicles to a safe place. On a motorway, move away from the traffic, the central reservation and, if you can, away from the hard shoulder onto the grass verge.
  7. Only move injured people from their car or motorbike if they’re in immediate danger from fire or an explosion.
  8. Never remove a motorcyclist’s helmet unless it is absolutely essential.
  9. Stay at the crash scene until the emergency services arrive.
  10. Do not give casualties anything to eat or drink. Keep them warm, talk to them and reassure them that help is coming.
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