Car accidents are a stressful time, regardless of whether you’re dealing with a small scrape or major damage. Low speed collisions often leave cars driveable, but you may need to have your car towed. If you’re in an accident there are a few simple things you can do to ensure everyone gets home safely.
Make Safety the Priority
Before you do anything else, you need to check on the safety of anyone involved in the accident. Check on your passengers, on the people in any other cars and consider calling 000, even for small injuries. If your car is still driveable then turn on your hazard lights and move to the road shoulder or down a side street where you can assess the damage safely.
Check the Car for Damage
Once you’ve made sure everyone is safe, you should take a moment to look for obvious signs of damage before driving the car any further:
Look for leaking fluids. Have a look at the engine and at the ground under the car and make sure there are no obvious signs of leaks. Driving when your car is leaking oil or coolant can cause damage that won’t be covered by your insurer. Accidents often do enough damage to radiators or hoses to make your car undriveable.
Check your wheels and tyres. Wheels are some of the main casualties of accidents. Make sure yours don’t look bent or cracked and that the tyres are still inflated. If you’re parked in a safe spot you can change a broken wheel for the spare, otherwise it’s safer to call a tow truck. Tyres may also deflate slowly if the damage is small, so check them again before leaving the site of the accident.
The damage you can’t see. Remember that modern cars are designed to crumple. It’s what makes them safe to drive, but it also means small accidents can knock things out of alignment. Suspension and chassis components are prone to accident damage that is difficult to spot. When in doubt, call for a tow truck and take your car to a mechanic for inspection.
Take Notes and Pictures
You’ll need pictures for an insurance claim, and you’d be surprised how many details you can forget when you’re rattled after a car accident. Get pictures of damage to your car, to other cars and of damage to things like sign posts or fences.
Where other cars are involved, most insurers need you to collect the other drivers’ details to process the claim. You’ll need their:
Car registration number
If another driver refuses to provide their information you can report the incident to police, regardless of how much damage was done.
Contact Harvey’s Towing and Get Home Safely
Driving a car after an accident can be dangerous. If you aren’t sure what damage you should be looking for then call a tow truck and let a mechanic assess the damage. Speak to your insurer first. Many policies include coverage for accident towing. If you aren’t covered then your insurer will still be able to connect you with a towing company they trust. Harvey’s Towing works with all insurers across the Brisbane region, or you can get in touch with us directly and we’ll send a truck to pick you up as soon as possible.