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Tips For British Expats In Cyprus When Involved In A Car Accident

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Information on procedures when involved in a car accident in Cyprus

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There are many people who have chosen to make Cyprus their new home. The reasons vary from the climate, food, villages, people, security, cost of living etc. One of the reasons people have moved to Cyprus is most certainly not because of the driving, which is appalling to say the least.

When driving in Cyprus, people take on another personality, one in which they feel they can disregard traffic laws and drive as they wish. This means that you have to have your eyes peeled and be very careful when on the Cyprus roads.

In the event that you have become involved in a car accident, here are some simple tips to follow.

1. In the event that you are involved in a car accident, try to remain as calm as possible, even if the accident was caused by the other driver. Avoid confrontations at all times even if a crowd appears. There may be occassions where a crowd of the other driver's family or friends suddenly appear. They may try to influence the cause of the accident and apportion blame to you, even if you were not at fault.

2. Take as many photos as possible to help with the police report and the insurance company report. This will be your evidence in any dispute.

3. You must call the police, your insurance recovery service and an ambulance if there have been injuries caused by the accident. This must be made as soon as possible.

4. You must not leave the scene of the accident or move your car until the insurance rescue vehicles, police and inspectors have arrived and completed their review of the accident. It does not matter if the accident is causing traffic problems, people are used to this situation in Cyprus.

5. If there were any witnesses to the accident, take their contact details and ask if they will be willing to testify on your behalf to the police or your insurance company.

6. Do not sign any documents unless they are produced from your insurance recovery service or by the police.

7. You may suddenly find car mechanics turn up and offer to repair your car. To accept their services is very risky if you do not know them as you will have to trust your car to them to be reapaired. You should ask the recovery service of your insurance company to tow your car to a garage of your choice or call your insurance office for advice.

8. It is always a good idea to carry photocopies of your car registration, insurance policy and the insurance recovery service contact details in a safe hidden place in the car.

9. Dash Cams are becoming very popular around the world and it might be a good idea to invest in one in Cyprus, as extra proof in the case of an accident.