MMDA shares 7 things to do during car accidents

Updated Jun 09, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

Being dazed and confused isn’t going to help matters.

The moment you start the engine and ease out of your driveway, there’s absolutely no guarantee that the trip will be uneventful and that you’ll arrive at your destination unscathed. It sounds morbid, but that’s the reality that motorists have to deal with.

Rear-ended car

Despite your best efforts, you'll never know if you'll end up with this

In a perfect driving world, everyone behind the wheel will have their psyches connected in one massive hive mind, so that we all know exactly what others are thinking. Of course we know that it’s not the case, and a brief miscalculation is all it takes for any of us to end up in a fender bender or worse.

But stunned as you are from the shock, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) released several guidelines on what to do should you find yourself involved in a car accident.

Check for injuries

Take stock of the situation by checking to see if anyone is hurt, whether it’s yourself, your passengers, or the occupants in the other vehicle.

Ambulance

Check to see if anyone needs immediate medical attention

In case there are injuries, you can avail of medical assistance by dialing MMDA 136 to ask for a medical team and a traffic investigator to come to your location.

Take pictures

After doing a preliminary check on everyone’s condition, whip out your smartphone and document the scene by taking pictures. Make sure that you snap shots of both vehicles, showing important details (such as license plates). Also take pictures of the area where the accident happened.

Move your vehicle to the side

A two-car mishap constitutes an obstruction which will attract gawkers at best, and cause more accidents at worst.

Traffic on highway

An accident in the middle of the road can hold up traffic

If the vehicles are immobilized and can’t be moved, stay within the vicinity until the traffic investigator arrives.

Acknowledge the investigator's role

When the police arrive at the scene, let them do their job.

Police officers

Yield authority to respondingpolice officers or traffic investigators at the scene

Get their names so that you can easily refer back to them when reviewing the details of the accident, as the police report shouldn’t be the sole basis of your account of the incident.

Exchange information

If the accident involves another vehicle, exchange relevant information with the driver such as name, address, contact number, driver's license number, license plate number, and insurance policy number. Note down the description of each vehicle including the make and model, year, and color.

Notify your insurance company

With the other driver’s information in your possession, contact your insurance company.

Woman calling car accident

Save your insurer's contact details so you can easily call them when an accident happens

Notify them that you have been involved in an accident, and narrate your version of what happened.

Secure a police report

Make sure that the responding officers give you a copy of the police report at the station or precinct. Insurance companies require this document before they can process a claim, so having a copy will make things easier for you.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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