Have I ever told you about the time I was driving our new car? This was some years ago now, but we'd had said car for a few months. I was pretty stoked. I've never owned my own car, so the elation was off the charts. When Matt and I met, fell in love, had babies, married (yes in that order) we got a new car. That we shared. I was thrilled.
It was exciting times my friends. It really was. Nothing beats that fresh new car smell. Not even that fake new car smell you can buy at the supermarket.
Anyway, I was driving to a supermarket (not to purchase the fake new car smell) and thinking how we had had the new car for almost a year (when does a new car become a not new car?), and how in that time there had been no bingles. I was happy.
And then a car ran up the back of me.
Seriously. She ran up the back of my car because she wasn't looking. She was looking at other cars. GAH!
So I began thinking - because I thought about our pristine car not having a bingle, did my thoughts make it happen?
I was pretty bummed. But everyone was ok. And that was good.
Then I realised I didn't really know what to do.
Here are some tips on what to do if you're in a car accident:
1. Ensure no one is injured. If someone is injured - even if it's suspected, call an Ambulance.
2. Exchange details with the other driver - ensure you get name, phone number, address, licence number. If the car is not registered in the driver's name - try and get all the details of the registered owner too.
3. And if they won't give them to you? Make sure you get down their plates, the make and model of the car, colour etc.
4. Not all accidents need to be reported to the police. Call the police if: someone is injured, a driver did not stop and give their details, a vehicle was towed away.
5. Gather details. It's important to get any witnesses names and contact details, just in case you need to call on them.
6. Seek legal advice. If in doubt, seek legal advice. Firths The Compensation Lawyers can help you navigate through this difficult time.
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