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What details to get at an accident

When you swap details with a driver, here are the things that you should be sure to obtain from the other driver:

You need to of course get their name, their address and a contact telephone number: either landline or mobile

You should also be sure to note down the registration number for their car, and double check that you have written it down right as this is key. Also write down the make of the car, and if you like the colour too.

You need details of their insurance, and whether the driver owns that vehicle or not, because the person driving it may not always be the actual owner of the vehicle.

Other things to make notes on vary depending on what the accident is, who it involved, and the severity of the incident.

Note down any damage that occurred to either vehicle, and of any injuries to people. In the case of damage to vehicles, many people now who all have cameras on their phone will take a photo of the scene or of any damage, and you might like to do this to have a visual record of what occurred which can also act to jog your memory in future.

Note down the prevailing conditions - was it wet, windy, dark, dry, sunny, thunder and lighting? Were there police at the scene - if so what was their ID number?

With regard to the other vehicles - how were they behaving? Was a car speeding, was it trying to jump the lights, did it have the wrong indicator on or indeed no indicator at all - was it in poor condition and perhaps not road safe?

By noting down all these details at least you will have a thorough record of the accident should it be necessary for insurance or even police enquiries or court cases.

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Before driving anyone else's motor vehicle you should make sure that: A) the vehicle owner has third party insurance cover B) your own vehicle has insurance cover C) the vehicle is insured for your use D) the owner has left the insurance documents in the vehicle

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