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MyCarGossip survey reveals that 60% of drivers wouldn’t know what to do in a car crash.

Press release December 9, 2013 Mycargossip Survey Womendrivers Youngdrivers Insurance Yougov Motoring Drivers Statistics

The top 16 pieces of information that you need to take down if you are involved in a car accident.


A recent YouGov survey commissioned by of 1,485 drivers aged 18+ revealed that 60% of UK drivers were unsure of all the information they would need to take down in the case of a car accident.

Having a car accident is usually very stressful and chaotic for all of the people involved. It is a time where all common sense flies out of your mind and it can be difficult to remember the important things you need to do at the time of the event.

Whilst researching this topic, a motoring website for female drivers, discovered the following:

  • 62% of drivers between the ages of 35-55+ were unlikely to take down all of the important information.
  • Younger drivers aged 18-34 were slightly better with 57% not knowing what to do in the case of a car accident.   

Charlotte Leuw, the founder of says: “The results of this survey show that both men and women are nowhere near as knowledgeable about what to do in a car accident, as they should be. Both scores are very concerning and the implications of this are that they may not be able to provide the necessary evidence to support their insurance claim.”

John Hesketh, a Solicitor with says "These figures reveal an alarming lack of understanding amongst motorists. It is important that drivers are aware of their legal obligations following an accident & the need to obtain accurate information at what is very often a distressing time. At we offer a one call facility to make the process as simple as possible"

Your insurance company needs information to process an accident claim. They need your information and they also need to know the information of the people involved in the accident, especially if the accident is their fault. 

In fact there are approximately 16 different pieces of information that you should take down if you are involved in a car accident, if you take down this information it will really help your insurance claim. Below are the top 16 pieces of information that you need to take down if you are involved in a car accident:

Details of the people involved:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Make, model and year of the car
  • License plate number
  • Insurance carrier
  • Insurance policy number.

Take photos of:

  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Accident location
  • People involved with accident.

Get information from the police officer if there is one, or from a witness:

  • Name
  • Badge/ID number
  • Phone number
  • Police report number
  • Location details

About is a motoring website for female drivers to help them find reliable and trustworthy motoring businesses by online word of mouth. MyCarGossip conducts regular surveys to gather information from drivers about the best places to buy cars and to get them fixed. They also conduct surveys to produce new driving statistics. Charlotte Leuw the founder of MyCarGossip is a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and is working alongside many garages and dealerships across the UK to promote their female friendly, reliable and trustworthy services

Contact details:

Charlotte Leuw (Founder of MyCarGossip)

[email protected]


Twitter: @mycargossip

Please get in touch for full copy of survey results.


 Editor’s notes:

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,038 adults of which 1,485 were drivers. Fieldwork was undertaken between the 8th-11th November. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+)


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