What to do after a crash

What to do after a crash

Road traffic crashes are rare. But it’s best to know what to do in case you’re ever in one. You can also find information here about what to do if you’ve already been in a crash and need help navigating criminal or civil legal proceedings.

What to do if you’re involved in a road traffic crash

This information sheet covers:

  • What to take note of in the immediate aftermath of a crash
  • What information you need about the driver and any witnesses
  • When to seek medical help (if not obvious)
  • The definitions of serious and slight injuries
  • How to report a crash to the police
  • How to follow up with the police
  • What to do about road rage
  • What is STATS 19, and why it matters

Pursuing claims and cases against bad drivers

This information sheet covers:

  • The difference between a criminal prosecution and a civil claim
  • How criminal cases are brought to prosecution
  • Definitions and examples of common criminal offences for bad driving
  • When it is appropriate to go to the small claims court and when you might want a lawyer
  • What to do if you’ve been injured by a road defect (rather than bad driving)

You can also download information about CTC’s policies related to road traffic crashes.

CTC members who need specific legal advice can contact CTC’s Incident Line service

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund’s Top ten tips for after a crash’ also has some useful information.

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