Should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision on the roads there are a number of things you should remember.
It is not always necessary for the Police to attend a Road Traffic Collision, for example, if the road is not blocked, there are no injuries and providing all parties involved have exchanged details there is no requirement for Police to attend.
What information do I need to collect after I've been in a collision?
- Where the collision occurred
- The time and date
- Contact details including names, addresses and telephone numbers of drivers, passengers and pedestrians involved. If a party is driving within the course of his employment, take both the driver and the employer's details. It may be worth noting a description of the driver, location and any distinguishing features.
- Vehicle details including make, model, registration number, colour, any modifications and the number of passengers in each vehicle
- Insurance details for the driver of the other vehicle
- Whether the parties were using headlights and/or indicator lights
- The weather, visibility and lighting conditions, including street lighting
- Name, identification number and force details of any police officer attending and other emergency services details if appropriate
- The damage to each vehicle involved
- Any injuries to persons involved
- If you have a camera, take some photographs of the accident scene.
Brake is a charity that we work closely with at Cheshire Police and is supported by our Police & Crime Commissioner. Brake supports people who have been bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash, as well as the family, friends and professionals around them. Support is provided via literature, handed out by police after every fatal road crash and available online, and through an accredited, professionally-delivered Freephone national helpline service.
Brake’s literature and helpline offer a combination of emotional support and practical help and information about criminal justice system procedures, and signposting to other appropriate local and specialist services. In this way, they offer essential comfort in the immediate aftermath of a crash, as well as ongoing needs-centred guidance through the practical and emotional turmoil that follows.
Brake’s helpline is available on 0808 8000 401 (free from most phones, open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Staffed by professionals, experienced in supporting people who have suffered a dreadful experience, and accredited by the Helplines Standard, it offers:
- A listening ear, so callers can talk about what they are going through
- Advice on how to cope with the terrible shock and trauma
- Help understanding procedures, such as police investigations, court cases and help seeking specialist legal advice
- The option to liaise with officials on callers’ behalf, so their voice can be heard and to help them overcome difficulties
- Help accessing face-to-face support, support groups, and counselling from appropriate experts
- Practical advice and emotional support to professionals working with road crash victims, including police.
Vehicle Collisions Third Party Information
If you were involved in a collision and you require third party details or any further information, please dial 101 now and ask to be put through to the Local Tasking Officer for your area.
Solicitors and Insurance Companies
If you are a firm of solicitors or an insurance company requiring information regarding a road traffic collision please either email us at email@example.com or write to us at:
Cheshire Constabulary HQ
Cheshire Constabulary will only service requests for information such as this when received in writing. Please enclose a cheque for £33.10 for the initial search/administration fee. Upon receipt of the fee, a search will be made of the records. If the search is positive, the details you are entitled to receive will be supplied to you after our 4 – 5 week process period.
Please make your cheque payable to the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, or alternatively The PCC for Cheshire.
Further fees may be payable depending on results found.
Important: All cheques for the incorrect amount or payee will result in the request being returned to the sender.
If you are requesting an update for a letter or cheque that you have previously sent to us please send an email on: firstname.lastname@example.org.