No one likes being involved in a car accident. This is regardless of whether the collision is a major or a minor one. The experience can be a numbing one. In the aftermath of any collision, not many people can think straight. So, having to deal with the numerous details that a collision typically entails can seem quite cumbersome. One of the first things that you should deal with is to check that all the people involved in the collision are fine. Once you have verified this, then you will need to determine whether the collision is a minor or a major one.
Many insurance companies require their customers to avoid admitting responsibility for either the collision or the extent of damage caused. However, you will still need to provide and obtain certain details before you can call your smash repair facility in Marrickville or other places to fetch your vehicle. Some of these details include:
- The full names of the people involved
- Their addresses
- The registration numbers of the vehicles involved and,
- The names and addresses of the vehicle owners and the drivers (or their representatives)
In addition, you will need to ascertain whether the person driving the vehicle is the owner of the vehicle too.
In a minor car accident, the police might not need to attend the crash site. But, you will still need to report the crash via the Police Assistance Line. A minor crash will usually feature all the aspects listed below:
- None of the people involved in the collision will have any injuries
- None of the vehicles involved in the collision will require towing
- The people involved in the collision will have exchanged all the details specified above
- No police officer will ask for any of the necessary details listed above
- Barring the vehicles involved in the collision, there has been no property damage and,
- None of the drivers shows any obvious signs of (or admits to being) under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
The points listed below indicate the characteristics of major car accidents. Even if one of these aspects features in a car crash, the authorities will treat the collision as a major accident.
- The collision has resulted in some fatalities
- Any of the vehicles will require towing (in addition to collision repair) services
- The collision has resulted in vehicle as well as property damage
- Any person involved in the collision refuses to exchange details with other drivers or vehicle owners involved in the collision
- A driver involved in the collision is under or appears to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, and is manifesting various signs of this including:
- Slurred speech
- The smell of alcohol
- The inability to stand still or walk properly
The authorities require the people involved in the collision to report major car accidents to the police. In addition, the police will require various details of the circumstances and the people involved in the collision. It goes without saying that you will need to report a major crash at the earliest possible. Failure to do this could lead to the issuance of a penalty notice.