What to do at the scene

  • Don't panic
  • Make sure that you and your passengers are safe by staying on the hard shoulder where possible
  • Call the police immediately and an ambulance where necessary
  • Give the 999 / Highways operator your location details from the nearest marker posts 
  • Use hazard warning lights and a warning triangle if available
  • Check casualties to see if you can help make them more comfortable. Keep them warm and assure them that help is coming 
  • If nobody is injured move the vehicles into a safe place to exchange details

 What the law says

If you are involved in a collision where damage or injury is caused, you must stop and provide those involved with the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • The vehicle owners name and address (if not you)
  • The registration, make and model of your vehicle

If you have had a collision and want to know how to report it, visit this page.

What you should carry in your car

It is always useful to carry equipment in your car in case of an accident or emergency.  These include:

  • A blanket and additional warm clothing, especially in the winter
  • A first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A torch or an emergency lamp 
  • A warning triangle. This is mandatory when driving abroad


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