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 call 101 and ask to be put through to the Local Tasking Officer for your area.
Solicitors, private parties representing themselves in proceedings, and insurance companies.
If you are engaged in road traffic collision proceedings and believe Cheshire Constabulary was the reporting force, you may contact the Collisions Disclosures Team in order to request disclosure of relevant Constabulary information.
Where the Constabulary agrees that it is relevant, necessary, and proportionate to share information, it will do so but there will be a charge for the service; however, information will only be shared using the Egress Software Technologies Limited Secure Platform.
The Egress Software Technologies Limited Secure Platform is the system adopted by Cheshire Constabulary for sharing sensitive information. It is the responsibility of parties wishing to obtain disclosure from the Constabulary to ensure that they are able to access and use the platform.
Cheshire Constabulary HQ
Cheshire Constabulary will only service written requests for information. Please enclose a cheque for £35.20 for the initial search/administration fee with your request, upon receipt a records search will be conducted. If positive, the details you are entitled to receive will be supplied via the Egress Software Technologies Limited Secure Platform, within 5 weeks.
Cheques should be made payable to the Police and 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 email the Collisions Disclosures Team.