Car accident checklist

With shock settling in, it is easy for the simplest things to slip your mind after a car accident. However, it is vital that you gather as much information as possible, to enable you to make a successful claim.

To ensure you stay on track, claims management company Vision have provided a simple checklist template for you to follow after a road accident.

This will assist you with any future claim and help you secure the best possible outcome. Vision advise drivers to carry a pen and disposable camera, however nowadays a Smartphone is just as capable for helping you accurately record the accident details.


  • Time, date and location
  • Whether other drivers were using headlights and/or indicator lights (if required)
  • The weather, visibility and lighting conditions, including street lighting
  • Identify the damage and injuries to each vehicle and individual involved (descriptions & photo’s)
  • If you have a camera, take some photographs of the accident scene

Vehicle details

  • Make
  • Model
  • Registration number
  • Color
  • Any modifications
  • Number of passengers in each vehicle

Contact details

  • Insurance details for the driver of the other vehicle
  • Names of individuals
  • Addresses
  • Telephone numbers (inc. drivers, passengers and pedestrians if involved)
  • Employer details (if the other parties are in a company vehicle or using the vehicle in line with their current employment)
  • Details of any witnesses

Other useful information

  • A full description of what happened
  • Estimated speed of the vehicles involved
  • The type of road
  • Any obstructions (animal, road works etc.)


It’s an offence to refuse to give details to the other driver following a car accident, if there has been injury or property damage.

If a driver refuses to provide their details, refrain from escalating a heated confrontation – simply call the police and make sure their number plate is noted.

Car accident checklist



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