The 2010 FIFA World Cup is only adding to the 8, 5 million vehicles already on our roads. Many of these new drivers are not used to our infrastructure or driving conditions. Most are navigating unfamiliar places and many are not used to driving on the left hand side of the road.
Johannesburg – The 2010 FIFA World Cup is only adding to the 8, 5 million vehicles already on our roads. Many of these new drivers are not used to our infrastructure or driving conditions. Most are navigating unfamiliar places and many are not used to driving on the left hand side of the road.
As such, the chance that you will be involved in an accident with a tourist increases the closer you get to match venues and times. In spite of this, visitors from abroad should not be treated any differently. We are all required to abide by the same rules and regulations.
In the event “you are involved in a car accident with a tourist don’t panic, stay calm and follow normal car accident procedures” advises Gari Dombo, Managing Director, Alexander Forbes Insurance.
The procedure to follow after an accident with a foreigner is no different from normal accident procedure.
While language differences might require people to exhibit slightly more patience with our foreign guests Dombo advises those involved in any accident over the 2010 FIFA World Cup to:
– Stay calm and not panic. Pull over in a safe place, ideally not obstructing traffic, and engage the other driver in a polite and non-confrontational manner.
– Whether there is an injury or not, call the police immediately and treat the accident scene normally.
– Try to get as much detail from the other driver. If they cannot speak English ask for their passport and get their name, passport number, car registration and address. If they are driving a hired car, get their car rental company details.
– If you are involved in a fatal accident do not give statements while you are in shock and do not admit blame. Instead, wait for your lawyer before making any statements.
– Take as many photographs of the accident scene as possible.
– Try and find witnesses and get their names, addresses and contact numbers.
– Record as much information about the conditions of the accident scene as possible.
– If you are unsure of how to handle the situation call your insurer or rental company and ask for advice.
“As much as we are all excited about the World Cup, we still have a national responsibility to show hospitality towards our guests” says Dombo. This can be done by being cautious and patient – and allowing extra time when driving to stadiums and on our roads generally during the World Cup.