What’s the best thing to do if you are involved in a collision?
According to IAM RoadSmart’s Head of Driving & Riding Standards, Richard Gladman, being prepared for the worst-case scenario is important.
By taking some simple precautions, he said, you can make things far easier and a lot less stressful afterwards.
- Firstly, ensure you and your passengers are not severely injured and, if you can, move to a safe position. If that's too difficult, warn oncoming traffic and if anyone has sustained serious injuries call for an ambulance straight away.
- A first aid course through your work or a recreational course such as ‘Biker Down’ is a real benefit. The basics are breathing first then bleeding – if your casualty is breathing don’t remove their crash helmet as they may have a neck injury. Reassurance is also important, so let them know help is on the way and keep talking to them.
- Where everyone is safe, if third parties are involved you will need to exchange details. The law requires names and addresses of the drivers, the names and addresses of the owners of the vehicle, and insurance details.
- Taking some pictures of the positions of vehicles involved and any damage caused can be useful. If possible, get details of any witnesses or emergency services at the scene.
- If for any reason you didn’t get the chance to exchange details, you must report the incident to the police. This should be done as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours.
“Be mindful of moving traffic around you and make sure you try and move away from busy roads where possible,” Richard Gladman said.