Essendon Smash Repairs
There’s nothing fun, exciting, or interesting about finding yourself in the middle of an car accident.
Right away, your first inclination is going to be to make sure that everyone involved is okay and on injured, but almost immediately you’re going to start to feel overwhelmed by stress, pressure, anxiety, and maybe even a little bit of fear and anger.
We’ve all been in these kinds of situations before, and hopefully we won’t have to worry about being in them again – but if you do find yourself in a car accident (a relatively minor or relatively major one, it makes no difference) you want to make sure you are as prepared as you can be.
Your insurance is going to require you not to admit to any responsibility for both the accident or the extent of the damage caused regardless of the circumstances, though you are going to be required to stop, exchange your full legal name, address, and registration, and also provide your insurance information to those in the other party of the accident.
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You’ll want to make sure that you get the same information from the driver of the other vehicle (as well as any of their representatives), and you want to make sure that this information is complete, accurate, and can be sent along to your insurance and they were insurance as quickly as possible.
Minor “fender benders” usually don’t involve anything other than this exchange of information, and hopefully everyone involved can keep calm and maintain a cool head throughout the situation.
Major accidents, however, need to be reported to the local police (using the Victoria Police Assistance Phone Line – 03 9247 6666). These are the kinds of accidents that are far more severe than just a little bump or a tap, the kinds of accidents that could potentially involve criminal charges being handed out.
You’ll have to wait for the police to arrive so that you can provide them with an accurate account of the situation that occurred, providing them with as many details about the accident as humanly possible. These accidents need to be reported as soon as humanly possible, and you will also want to make sure that all other involved parties stay around for the police to show up at the scene so that they can take a full account of the accident itself.
In certain exceptional circumstances, drivers can contact the police within 24 hours of the crash – but you have to understand that failing to report a major crash can easily result in a significant penalty being levied against all those that had not reported the crash within that 24 hour block of time.It’s also important to remember that the law in Victoria requires you – and any other driver involved in an accident or in the close proximity of an accident – to stop and render assistance to anyone and everyone that has been injured. You’ll want to make sure that you contact emergency services ASAP in these situations.
To better help you delineate between a minor car accident and a major car accident, here is a quick checklist you’ll want to run through:
Minor Car Accidents
- No one has been hurt
- No vehicles require towing
- No police officers have asked for necessary details or clarification
- No other property has been damaged other than the motor vehicles involved in the accident
- No drivers show any sign of being under the influence
- All information and insurance details has been exchanged by all drivers and vehicle owners
Major Car Accidents
- Anyone has been injured, maimed, or killed
- Any of the vehicles require towing
- Any property other than the motor vehicles involved to have become damaged
- Any of the drivers involved have refused to share their full information and details about their insurance
- Any of the drivers involved appear to be or have admitted to being under the influence
Essendon Smash Repairs Contact Today!
If your vehicle is going to need towing after an accident, request that it be towed to the Essendon Smash Repairs facility and they’ll provide all the information necessary to your insurance company with a full quote for repairs and handle the work for you ASAP. Contact Essendon Smash Repairs at 9376 1915 in the event of an accident!