There is no doubt that the road infrastructure of UAE is well developed and meets international standards. The road and transport authority (RTA) are always on the lookout in attempts to avoid any unfortunate accidents or congestions on the highways. With state-of-the-art traffic control systems and speed cameras, it would look like an accident should be unheard of in the UAE.
Nevertheless, despite the world-class infrastructure, unfortunately, still accidents are witnessed on Emirates roads. Dealing with such a situation in the UAE is not as difficult as you might think. Here are some simple steps to take when you meet with an accident and assist you on better handling of the situation.
First Take Safety Precautions
The primary action is to try and calm down, don’t panic and aggravate the damages further, take a deep breath and think clearly. Proceed to setting-up the hazard triangle and/or keeping your hazards lights on. Have a look at passengers in the other vehicle, to check if they sustained any injuries. Do the same to yourself. Additionally, check if you are away from the traffic lane, to not obstruct traffic. If so, navigate away to a safer distance. Visit www.speedydrive.ae for more safety steps.
Don’t Attempt to Flee
Never attempt to escape or flee the accident scene unless you’re just moving away to safety as explained earlier. There are consequences if caught attempting to flee the scene including car confiscation for 7 days a fine of AED 500 and 6 black points on your driving. If you notice the other driver attempting to flee, record their car number plate and hand the same to the authorities as soon as they arrive.
Inform the Authorities of The Accident
Importantly, you should make a call to the police even if the accident is minor with no serious injuries. You can also use the Dubai police app to take images of the traffic accident scene as well as close shots of the vehicle damages. When the police arrive, don’t fly offer with your temper and star an argument as who to blame. In short, keep your cool and only speak when necessary. Also, don’t try to interfere with the police warm up to the police with frenzied gestures.
Get a Police Analysis Report
The reason why you need to always contact the police as soon as possible is that you need a police report to file a claim with the car insurance company. All rented cars are required to have comprehensive insurance to ensure the driver renting the car. The police analysis report can either be a pink (or red) slip which indicates you’re guilty of the accident. If it’s a green form, it means you are innocent of the situation and not to blame. If you get a red slip, then you have to personally finance the repairs r to the rental car in your possession.