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Car accident. Close up of the damaged vehicles

Do you know what to do in the case of an accident?

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

Ex-MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden dies following cycling accident

The official MotoGP website announced the passing of the 2006 premier class winner, Nicky Hayden.

The 35-year-old American MotoGP and WorldSBK rider passed away after succumbing to injuries after being hit by a car while cycling on the Riviera di Rimini in Italy last Wednesday.

Hayden passed away in the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena.

 

Nicky Hayden racing for the Repsol Honda MotoGP team.

 

Nicky with his former Honda teammate and the reigning MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez.

 

Also read: Racing highs and lows for Volkswagen Motorsport in the Sasol GTC Series

Statement from Tommy Hayden, on behalf of the Hayden family:

“On behalf of the whole Hayden family and Nicky’s fiancée Jackie I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support – it has been a great comfort to us all knowing that Nicky has touched so many people’s lives in such a positive way.

“Although this is obviously a sad time, we would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest – riding a motorcycle. He dreamed as a kid of being a pro rider and not only achieved that but also managed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport in becoming World Champion. We are all so proud of that.

“Apart from these ‘public’ memories, we will also have many great and happy memories of Nicky at home in Kentucky, in the heart of the family. We will all miss him terribly.

“It is also important for us to thank all the hospital staff for their incredible support – they have been very kind. With the further support of the authorities in the coming days we hope to have Nicky home soon.”

Source: MotoGP

4-year-old dies after knocked by truck

A 4-year-old boy has died after being hit by a truck on the R553 in Bophelong, South of Johannesburg.

The boy had attempted to cross the road and failed to see the oncoming truck.

ER24 paramedics found the body of the child along the road with his grieving parents surrounding him.

Paramedics could do nothing for the boy as he showed no signs of life, after sustaining fatal injuries.

It is unclear whether any arrests have been made, but local authorities will be investigating the matter further.

Also read: Teach your children these important rules of the road

Source: Arrive Alive

An accident that could have been avoided

CCTV cameras captured a horrific accident that happened due to motorists not following the rules of the road in a case where the traffic lights were out. Watch the footage here:

It appears that most vehicles were cautiously approaching and proceeding across this dangerous intersection, however the truck should have stopped, but instead it drove straight through the traffic light that was out of order at the time and collided with the car and the cyclist.

This is what SHOULD happen when a traffic light is out of order:

– When a traffic light is not working, the intersection becomes a stop street.

– This means that you have to think of it the same as a four-way stop.

– Even if there is no traffic, you still have to stop in order to make sure the coast is clear.

– If the vehicle in front of you crosses the intersection – you would have to allow the vehicles from the other stops to enter the crossing before you can make your move.

– This means you might have to wait a while as you might have to give way to three other vehicles from three other directions.

– Be alert as it is clear some people ignore the rules of an out-of-order traffic light

– Do not tailgate a vehicle to slip through under the radar – that is what the truck tried to do and look what happened there.

 

 

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.

 

 

“Women are the worst drivers!” – Stop the stigma

At some point, you might have heard the stereotype that all women are bad drivers. Or perhaps like me you’ve heard a relative or friend utter the words “well no wonder that car doesn’t know where it’s going, it’s a woman driving!”

Also read: Dismantling the myth that women are ‘bad drivers’

Is this because traditionally women weren’t the drivers, their partners were. Or is it just because there are more women drivers on the road today?

Either way, there are certain driving habits that women have which separate them from the men.

Women are catching up

In the book, “Why we drive the way we do” it’s suggested that male drivers are likely to be more risky when it comes to their driving styles and therefore end up in far worse accidents. However, while women are more prone to being apprehensive or cautious behind the wheel, being overly apprehensive or hesitant when driving can also lead to accidents.

Driving habits that give women a bad name

Multitasking

As great as we women are at doing multiple things at once, doing them while driving isn’t the smartest idea. When you think you’ve got it all under control (while applying your makeup and talking on your phone) you really don’t notice how much you’re either swerving out of your lane, taking a wrong turn or confusing the driver behind you.

Driving with heels on 

So many of us still do this despite numerous warnings in social media about the dangers of driving with heels on. In fact, many experts have called for a ban on it completely. Why? Driving in heels restricts the movement between the bottom of your foot and the pedals. An article in the Daily Mail reported that nearly 40% of women drive in heels.

Indecisiveness 

This goes along the lines of hesitation and apprehensiveness when driving. Decisiveness and knowing where and when to move is key to driving and avoiding accidents. Dilly-dallying because you’re uncertain can really frustrate other drivers. Look ahead and be aware of what’s happening with traffic in front of you so that it’s easier to determine and plan your next move.

Distraction 

As observant as we are, we’re also easily distracted by things around us. Scenery (like the good-looking runner), “50% off” sale signs, accident scenes and anything unusual is just some of the things that we’ll turn our heads for. Keep your eyes on the car or road in front of you.