The steps you need to take if you are in a car accident abroad

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Written by Michael Foote , founder of Quote Goat, with over 13 years experience working in the finance, insurance and currency sectors.

Nothing can ruin a holiday quite like having a driving accident. Even if the incident is small, not being prepared for how to handle with an accident should one occur can end up ruining your holiday entirely.

With the current COVID-19 situation there is expected to be many more people driving to holiday destinations this year rather than flying. With this increase in drivers, insurers are warning people to be prepared in the event of an accident on foreign soil.

With different diving laws, unfamiliar road layouts and few English road signs, driving accidents amongst UK drivers abroad is common. Most of these accidents occur in the month of July as people set off on their summer holidays. With more people than ever expected to take their cars on holiday rather than brave the airlines, its important that if you are driving abroad this yea, you know what ot do should you be involved in an accident:

  1. Carry all your documentation with you, including proof of insurance, driving license and vehicle registration.
  2. Ensure you have contact details for your insurance company to hand
  3. Before you leave make sure you have sufficient insurance for your entire family that covers onward travel and luggage transport costs should your car be taken for repairs
  4. Take pictures of any accident and make a note of the time and place. Using a smartphone you can use GPS snapshot to ascertain the exact location.
  5. Make sure you have evidence of the registration plate of all vehicles involved in the accident.
  6. Take all witnesses details including name, address, email and contact number.
  7. Don’t sign anything without understanding fully what it is you are signing.

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