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Checklist – What to do after an accident


What to do after an accident



  • To avoid another accident, switch on hazard lights and position your red warning triangle for oncoming traffic at least 100 metres away 


  • Determine whether any of your passengers, other vehicles’ passengers, drivers or pedestrians are injured. If necessary, call paramedics/ambulance. Do not move anyone with severe injuries.
  • If any injuries, call SAPS, Law Enforcement or Metro Police 

Contact details of other party/parties and witnesses, and emergency vehicles

  • Name, surname and physical address
  • All contact details – landline, cell number, email address (call cell number on the scene to verify)
  • ID number (take photo of ID book or driving licence)
  • Full details of all emergency vehicles attending, including tow-trucks, if used
  • Supply own details to those parties requiring them

Vehicle details

  • Full details of other vehicles – make, model, colour and registration number (licence disc and number plates must match) of all vehicles involved
  • Record condition of other vehicle/s – did indicators, brake and headlights of other vehicle/s work before the accident?

Scene of accident

  • Correct spelling of street names
  • Intersection details – traffic lights, stop streets, yield signs, etc.
  • Presence of green flashing arrows giving certain lanes right of way?
  • Exact time and date

Weather and Visibility Conditions

  • Record weather conditions at the time of the accident
  • Is it dawn, daylight, dusk or night time?
  • Is the road dry, wet, or slippery
  • Is the road in good condition?
  • Road surface tar, gravel or concrete?
  • Are there any potholes or ridges?
  • Are painted lines on the road clearly visible?

Reporting of Accident to SAPS or Metro Police

  • Report the accident within 24 hours at a Police Station nearest to the place where the accident occurred

Post accident

  • Write out all of the details as soon as possible, after the accident
  • Contact your insurance provider

Use your cellphone to take photos of:

  • The intersection or the area where accident happened, including any painted road markings or lines
  • The accident scene
  • The damage to all vehicles
  • The vehicles from all angles
  • Licence discs of all cars involved, and vehicle registrations
  • Emergency vehicles attending the scene, including tow-trucks
  • Other parties’ driving licences or ID books


Consider printing this checklist  and keep it in your car’s cubbyhole

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