The weather conditions are worsening and the risk of being involved in an accident is growing.
And once you are, lots of questions about the correct procedure are emerging: What documents do I need to fill out? What will happen to my car? Laura Lessyn from RTL.lu found out.
According to 2021 statistics, almost 20,000 people were killed by road accidents in Europe alone. And while accidents come with the territory of driving a car, not many know what to do when they occur.
Frank Maas from ACL, the Automobile Club Luxembourg, an association of 194,000 members and providing them with assistance in these instances, explains the course of events following an accident:
"After the accident, you should switch on the hazard lights in the car and put on your high-visibility vest. That's why we at ACL advise you to always have your high-visibility vest handy in the car so that you don't have to leave your vehicle without it. Another tip: If you are upset and confused after an accident, pay extra attention to the traffic when you get out of the car. Afterwards, secure the scene of the accident with a warning triangle; you should also assess the situation there so that you do not endanger yourself or other motorists.
It is important to consider that if the warning triangle and vest aren't used, chances are that passengers as well as the car won't be visible! Even more so in bad weather conditions or late at night.
"The 'Code de la Route' (road law) indicates that if you are on normal roads, anything that is not a motorway, you should place the warning triangle 30 metres from the back of your vehicle", says Manuel Ruggiu from the SNCA, the National Society of Automobile Circulation.
He furthermore explains that the road law also says to NOT put a warning triangle on the motorway, because it's far too dangerous to be running around on the motorway.
So in the case an accident occurs on the motorway, it is important to try and stop in the breakdown lane and switch on your hazard lights. After putting on the high-visibility vest passenger should leave the car and go wait behind the guard rails and call for help from there.
Every car needs a minimum of one high-visibility vest, but it is recommended to have as many vests as there are seats in your car.
After securing the scene of the accident and the passengers are not in danger anymore, it is time to fill out the CONSTAT (amicable accident report), a mandatory document that everyone needs in their car. You can find more information about the document here as well as the possibility to download it, right here.
If someone is injured, you should call 112. If the car is parked dangerously, it is also recommended calling 113, in which case the police will come and secure the spot.
If a liquid is leaking from the car involved in the accident, you should call 112. The fire brigade will then come to clean up the accident site professionally.