When an accident occurs, what should you do?
1. If you are an eye-witness
Help the injured person(s) as appropriate and perform your civic duty by being willing to be a witness. In the case of hit-and-run, you can help by writing down the license plate number, the car manufacturer (brand), and the color of the car, and contact the police. Some people may even chase after the driver. Such act is truly commendable.
2. If you are hit by a car and suffer an injury
Ask someone or a police officer to take you to the hospital as soon as possible. Legal action can wait, but life must be saved first. It is a minor injury, a compromise in order not to waste time may be a better solution. Don’t forget to get the driver’s name and the license plate number of the car that hit you. You may need it later for legal action to claim for damages in case the driver fails to pay you as promised.
3. If you are the driver
Don’t ever run away if you are the driver. The accident is caused unintentionally, and the wrongdoer is not a criminal. The punishment of reckless driving is light, so you should face it. If you try to escape, you may face 15 years of imprisonment if the person you hit dies from an accident. If you surrender yourself and accept the consequence, the court may decide that you are not guilty or may reduce the sentence.
Duties of the driver involved in a car accident as prescribed by law:
4. Contact you insurance company promptly if your car is insured.
The insurance company will send their staff to the scene of accident to draw a map of the place where the accident has occurred to be used in a lawsuit.
5. If you have a camera, take photos of the car and the scene of accident.
These photos can be used as evidence in court proceedings. If representatives of the Poh Teck Tung Foundation or Ruamkatanyu Foundation have taken photos of the body or the scene of accident, you could ask for those photos as they may be useful in the lawsuit that follows.
6. Giving assistance to the injured party/Paying the funeral costs
This is a very important matter that most drivers tend not to know of its benefits. When you are charged with reckless driving, you are considered to have committed both civil and criminal offences.