What To Do If You Have a Car Accident While Traveling Abroad

Hiring a car or bike is a great way to see more of the places you travel to. It enables you to move at your own pace. If you fancy stopping somewhere for a bit longer. No problem, you can.

But, every now and again, things can go wrong. You could, for example, have a car accident. Even if you are an excellent driver or rider it only takes one mistake on the part of another road user for an accident to occur. If it does it is important to know what to do next and where you can get help.

Consider seeking legal advice from a local lawyer

In some situations, for example, if someone is injured, it is a good idea to seek legal advice as well as what is listed in this article. Fortunately, in most countries, many local car accident lawyers speak reasonably good English, as well as other languages. So, getting advice in a language that you fully understand is usually possible. 

Having someone who understands the local laws and procedures who is willing to guide you can be very helpful. Potentially, if you need them to, they can act on your behalf after you have returned home.

Understand and follow the local rules

Before you arrive to pick up your car, you should already have read up about what to do should you have an accident. Every country has different rules and regulations. 

For example, if you are in Spain and breakdown or are involved in a crash, you need to deploy warning triangles. You and all passengers must also don high-vis jackets. This is not something you are required to do in most other countries. Hopefully, this simple example demonstrates how important it is to familiarize yourself with the local rules. 

Most good car hire firms will provide you with this type of information when they take your booking. If they do not, always go online and find out what you need to know.

Call the number the car hire firm gives you

The vast majority of the best car hire firms provide their clients with a number to call in case of accidents, breakdowns and other vehicle-related emergencies. It is usually wise to use it if you have a crash. 

Call the police

In many countries, the police will attend the scene of the accident. So, call them, especially if the local laws require you to do so.

Gather evidence

Even if the police have been called, you should still take photos and videos of the scene and the damage. In most countries, you will be required to exchange details with others who are involved and the authorities.

Never state you are to blame

But, be very careful about what you write or sign. It is not unheard-of for people to write something out that states you are to blame and attempt to get you to sign it. This article will help you to understand how to avoid inadvertently taking the blame after an accident, as well as tell you about two other mistakes you need to avoid making. 

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