Rule 283

If you are involved in an incident or collision or stop to give assistance

  • if possible, stop in a place of relative safety (see Rule 275)
  • use your hazard warning lights to warn other traffic
  • put on high-visibility clothing if you have it
  • ask drivers to switch off their engines
  • ask drivers and passengers to stop smoking
  • contact the emergency services on 999 and provide full details of the incident location and any casualties. Use an emergency telephone, a mobile telephone, or press the SOS button if your vehicle has one (see Rule 277 on how to identify your location on a motorway or other high-speed road)
  • move uninjured people away from the vehicles to a place of relative safety (see Rule 275)
  • DO NOT move injured people from their vehicles unless they are in immediate danger
  • DO NOT remove a motorcyclist’s helmet unless it is essential and you are trained to do so
  • be prepared to give first aid (see Annex 7 and Useful websites)
  • stay at the scene until the emergency services arrive
  • be prepared to exchange details (see Rule 286).

If you are involved in any other medical emergency, you should contact the emergency services in the same way.