Accidents and Breakdowns
If you were involved in an accident was. you it could have been created by accidents and breakdowns
Anybody personally hurt
Any vehicle damaged
Any property damaged
Any animals injured (certain of the larger farm animals e.g. sheep, cows need to be reported to the police)
THEN YOU MUST STOP.
In addition, give the following information to anyone who might have reasonable cause to need it:
Your name and address
The name and address of the vehicle owner if different
The registration number of the vehicle involved
The name and address of the insurance company
The details of the insurance i.e. Type and reference number
If someone is injured and you are not able to do this at the time, you MUST report it to the police within 24 hours. If the police ask for any more information,you are allowed up to 7 days to produce the required documents at a police station of your choice.
AS A WITNESS
Make notes as soon as you can. Take photographs, draw maps if necessary, and keep a copy of any written or spoken statements. How can you remember that in a few months time if you do not make a note of what happened?
Know what to do when a dangerous goods vehicle is involved.
First priority must be that of possible DANGER to you and others around you such as FURTHER COLLISIONS, or FIRE.
In most situations warn other traffic and switch off the engines of vehicles involved. Obtain help and inform the emergency services if required as soon as possible. Do not move people unnecessarily. Keep them warm.
Breakdowns again they could be created by accidents and breakdowns
Be Prepared Carry a tool kit with some of these extras: – warning triangle, spare bulbs & fuses, torch, tow rope jump leads plastic container with water and a mobile phone, a day glow florescent jacket
Where to stop If you are going to breakdown and stop, always try to stop in a safe space. Stopping on a roundabout or in the middle of a dual carriageway or motorway would be dangerous. Try to stop in a safe & convenient place.
Hazard Lights Once you have broken down if you are causing an obstruction switch on your hazard warning lights this will help other drivers know what is happening. Remember you are not allowed to tow with your hazard warning lights on. Safety of self & passengers do not stand (or let anybody else stand), between your vehicle and oncoming traffic
At Night Keep your sidelights on if it is dark or visibility is poor & at night or in poor visibility do not stand where you will prevent other road users seeing your lights
Use of Warning triangles Put a warning triangle on the road at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your broken down vehicle on the same side of the road, or use other permitted warning devices if you have them. Always take great care when placing them, but never use them on motorways