Even though accidents are a common scary phenomenon on our roads in Lesotho, it is shocking to know that many people cannot react in the event of an accident. We will give you some tips in this article.
The first thing to do in the event of an accident in Lesotho
The first thing to do if you are involved in an accident is to stop. In an accident that causes injury or death, or causes damage to property or any animal, Lesotho law requires you to stop your vehicle. You risk a condemnation or serving a nine-year prison sentence if you do not stop.
Once you have stopped, if you are not hurt, you need to know if other people are hurt and help them. You may be criminally accused of not doing so. Be careful though, if you do not know anything about first aid, you can make the wounds worse.
In case of injury
If you think you are seriously injured, do not try to get out of your vehicle. Wait for someone to help you. In addition, if someone is injured in the accident, the vehicles cannot be moved until the police or a traffic officer arrived. However, if the accident completely blocks the passage of other vehicles, the cars can be moved sufficiently to allow vehicles to pass.
Make sure you get all the relevant information about the venue and the other party involved. This includes:
- Full names
- Identification numbers
- Telephone numbers
- Vehicle registrations
- Vehicle descriptions
- The names of police officers and traffic
- Ambulance personnel
- Towing truck personnel.
This information will help you to request insurance, third party claims, police report and repair costs from the other party.
Emergency and hospitals in Lesotho
It is an offense not to report an accident in which the property of another person has been damaged, or in which another person is injured or deceased, even if none of the drivers intends to bring lawsuit. Call emergency services by dialing 10111 (police) or 10177 (ambulance) and 1022 for firefighters.