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Car accident. Close up of the damaged vehicles

6 Things to do when involved in an accident!

“The chances of being in a car accident in South Africa are an ‘astonishing’ one in 101,”  says the Automobile Association of South Africa.

South Africa’s road accident statistics are incredibly high, making South Africa one of the most dangerous countries in the world to drive in. Make sure you know what to do if you’re ever involved in an accident.


1. Stay at the scene.

First of all, STOP! If you were in any way involved in the accident, by law you have to stop. So if you or your vehicle contributed in any way to the damaging of any property or people, you have to stay at the scene until authorities have gathered the required information from you.

2. Help anyone who has been hurt!

Next, help anyone who has been hurt – call the emergency services and/or SAPS. If you don’t know anything about first aid, be careful not to do anything to make any injuries worse! So apart from getting an individual out of immediate danger, it would probably be best to wait until someone who knows what they’re doing is there.

3. Get the details of everyone involved.

Get the details of all individuals involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses. These should include:

  • Full names
  • ID numbers
  • Addresses
  • Telephone details
  • Vehicle registration numbers

Apart from those involved, it would also be a good idea to get the details of:

  • The vehicles involved in the accident (general description)
  • The police and traffic officers at the scene
  • The ambulance personnel
  • Any tow truck drivers that moved any vehicles

4. Report the accident

If no one has been hurt, then the police do not have to be called to the scene of the accident. However, the accident still has to be reported to the police within 24 hours. It is an offence not to report an accident in which another person’s property has been damaged, or another person has been injured.

5. Don’t move anything until the police have said you can.

Do not interfere with the evidence! If anyone has been injured then none of the vehicles or any potential evidence can be moved until a police officer has given the OK.

6. Consequences

Be aware of the legal consequences. These include:

a criminal charge of driving recklessly
a criminal charge of driving negligently
a criminal charge of culpable homicide
a civil claim for damage to property
a civil claim for personal injury.

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Source: www.westerncape.gov.za

Car accident. Close up of the damaged vehicles

Accidents claim the lives of 10 on the roads of Gauteng this weekend!

According to IOL - the roads of Gauteng played host to a staggering amount of motor related accidents, over this past weekend.

10 individuals lost their lives and more sustained severe injuries, due to careless driving.

Police warn that load shedding may have been a factor in this unusually high occurrence of traffic accidents, due to dim lighting. They warn drivers to take extra care when driving during periods of load shedding.

Most of these accidents took place in the hours between late Saturday night and Sunday morning, resulting in:

  • A woman in her 30s losing her life as a result of an accident on the R59, while travelling towards Vereeniging.
  • Another person being killed and three more critically injured on the R51.
  • A driver losing control of the vehicle, causing it to veer off the road and explode in Northmead, Benoni. Two people killed as result.
  • A speeding Audi A3 claiming the life of a pedestrian as he tried to cross the road in Soweto.
  • A second man being knocked down as he crossed the road in Soweto. A metro police vehicle is believed to be involved.
  • The driver of a Toyota Corolla being killed as he collided with a Porsche on the N1 South in Buccleuch.
  • Four more losing their lives on the R59 at the Vaal River Bridge, as a result of a multi-vehicle accident – involving three minibus taxis, a truck and nine cars.

The Police urge drivers to take extra caution when the power is out and visibility is limited, as well as not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs!

Source: IOL


If you think you don’t need to wear a seatbelt, you are a chop!

Large reductions in traffic fatalities would be possible if all vehicle occupants wore their seatbelts. This is the view of the Automobile Association, which was commenting on the implementation of South Africa’s first baby seat law.


“When the new law takes effect, car passengers under three years of age will be required to travel in an SABS-approved child seat,” the AA explained. “We welcome this change and call on the authorities to ensure that a wide education and enforcement campaign is launched to ensure that infants receive the protection the law provides.”

Global research has shown that wearing seatbelts reduces the chance of death or serious injury in crashes by up to 75%. A properly-worn seatbelt can prevent occupants from being ejected from a rolling vehicle – research has shown that survival rates are higher for occupants who remain inside the vehicle in rollovers. Seatbelts also increase the chances of occupants retaining consciousness after a crash, so they can free themselves from a vehicle which has caught fire or come to rest in a body of water.

“Another benefit of seatbelts is that they reduce the chance of injuries caused by a vehicle’s occupants colliding with each-other during crashes,” the AA said. “Although seatbelt wearing for front seat occupants has been mandatory since 1977, it was only in 1987 that all occupants in a vehicle were required to buckle up.” The Association commented that many vehicle occupants still did not wear their seatbelts when in the rear of the vehicle. This led to restrained front-seat occupants sustaining serious injuries when unrestrained rear passengers were flung against them during a crash.

“Some people portray seatbelt laws as a restriction of their freedom of choice which affects only themselves, but this is not an accurate view,” the AA said. “Apart from the risk that an unrestrained occupant poses to other people in the vehicle, unbelted drivers are less likely to be able to recover control of a vehicle after a minor collision, possibly exposing the vehicle to a far more serious crash,” the Association added.

The AA also reminded occupants that airbags are not a substitute for seatbelts and only function for a single deployment. “In a crash where a vehicle suffers further impacts after the airbags have already deployed, unbelted occupants will have no protection. They may survive the initial impact due to the airbags, yet be killed in a subsequent one,” the AA explained.

Seatbelt wearing rates in South Africa are currently below 60%, meaning that countless lives are being lost due to lack of occupant restraint in crashes. “Now that the government has recognised the importance of protecting infants in cars, it should be a priority for the traffic authorities to ensure that all other occupants obey the existing seatbelt laws and buckle up,” the Association concluded.


All you need to know about buying a car that’s been in an accident

If you are busy shopping for a second hand car and have asked around for advice, you have probably heard that you should think twice about buying a car that has been in an accident.

No matter how well the vehicle has been repaired, the unfortunate fact remains that damage from a collision could always be problematic. However, that doesn’t mean you should not consider any of these vehicles.

Matters of budget

The main reason to consider a second hand car that has been in an accident is the budget payoff. The vehicle should cost less than if it hadn’t been in an accident. That means that other vehicles for that same price range usually are older, have more mileage, or isn’t a high in demand second hand model.

Considering a car that’s been in accident therefore becomes a matter of payoff. Is the sustained damage worth the price cut?

Sometimes you are better off paying extra for a vehicle that hasn’t been in an accident, while other times it could make for a worthwhile deal. Which one it is very much depends on what kind of damage was involved.

How bad was the accident?

If the collision wasn’t major – and you have seen the repair records to prove it – you should definitely still consider purchasing the vehicle. For instance, if there was just some minor damage done to one of the headlights and to the surrounding body, that doesn’t mean you will face consistent engine issues in the future.

On the other hand, if there was major damage done to the internal carrying structure then you would have to be very careful about buying the vehicle.

If you aren’t very familiar with motor vehicles then it is a good idea to bring a friend or a mechanic you trust to look over the vehicle properly first.

Warning signs to look out for

Buying a second hand car that’s been in a collision is going to be a bit of a gamble, but to help you make a decision it helps to know what warning signs to look out for.

  • Don’t buy a car from someone who doesn’t want to give you access to repair records. That car could be fixed up to look shiny and good as new, but you wouldn’t know what the extent of the damage really was.
  • Watch out for signs of abuse and neglect. It’s one thing for a driver to get in a random fender bender, but it paints a different story if the vehicle suffered under consistent negligent ownership.
  • Was the car properly fixed? Who did the repair work and well it was done is very important to look into. For instance, reliable panelbeaters should have been used and the paint job should match. Be very wary of signs that a cheap repair job is responsible for the vehicle you see in front of you.

A second hand car with an accident history is still deserving of consideration, but it’s a situation that you need to go into with your eyes open. Make sure you weigh up the pros and cons, are familiar with the risks involved, and find out the whole story behind the extent accident and the quality of the repair work done.




Have you been in a car accident? Read this!

Being involved in a car accident, no matter how big or small, can be a traumatic experience. Most regular drivers are likely to be involved in a car accident at least once in their lives. You can be the safest and most cautious driver around, but that doesn’t save you from the person who careens through a red light and into your car.

The latest study by British researchers suggests that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident. The study suggests there may be “rather large psychological complications even more-so when the motor vehicle accidents have medically not been in the least bit serious.

Like other types of trauma, car accidents can cause long-term stress that affects your work and relationships and can eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep problems

Talking about your accident is the first step to making peace with it. Get counselling instead of trying to deal with it yourself, and do it as soon as possible. Talk about the accident in as much detail as possible. You also have to try and “piece everything together” – this helps subside the fragmenting effect of trauma and gives you a sense of having gained a grip on your fearfulness.

Reclaiming your life and confidence takes time, and having a strong support system will aid the process. Supporting an accident victim usually involves considerable patience and understanding.

You may experience panic attacks when you get back behind the wheel but it’s recommended that you do it as soon as possible. Not only will you claim back your freedom but it will also give you the chance to feel in control on and off the road.