By Lauren Ferrone
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018
Updated: March 15, 2019 at 1:07 pm
It’s hard not to panic when you’ve been in a car crash, but there’s some important info you should get while at the scene.
First things first, if your car can still be driven, move it to a safe spot and switch on the hazard lights.
You might think it’s a given to get these simple details, but often common sense goes out the window when you’re in situations like these.
Here’s what our insurance experts recommend you jot down after a car crash:
- The name, address and phone number of both the driver and the owner of the car (they might not be the same) – it’s a good idea to take a photo of their driver’s licence if possible
- The name of their insurance company
- Details of the cars involved, including the rego number, colour, make and model – it might help to also take photos of the car and its number plate
- The contact info of any witnesses
- Also record the date, time and exact location of the incident and make note of any visible damage to the other person’s vehicle – again, pictures are a good idea here too.
What if you’re given false details?
Not everyone might be as honest as you, so if you suspect you’ve been given false details, let the police know immediately. That’s also why you should take down the other car’s rego – and if possible, take a photo of the car (including number plate) – so that you can track down the owner later on. It’s illegal to give false information after a crash or to refuse to provide your details.