Car accident abroad, what to do?

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Have you been the victim of a car accident abroad? We come back to the steps to take in this case.

Precautions to take

Always carry a European accident report with you in your car  , as well as the telephone number of your insurer, which normally appears on your  green card .

Procedures in the event of an accident

Fill out the amicable report. If you do not have one, take care to note the identity and address of the other driver, the registration number of his vehicle, the contact details of his insurer, and those of any witnesses.

Send your copy of the report to your auto insurance company within five working days, and also contact them by phone for questions of assistance, repatriation, vehicle collection, etc.

Keep repair bills and medical certificates for future compensation.

If the accident is caused by an uninsured driver

Compensation is, in this case, payable by  the Automobile Guarantee Fund of  the country in which the accident occurred. You can contact the  Insurance Guarantee Fund  which will contact the local branch. You will find a form to fill out online on their website. Remember to give a description of the damage and supporting documents.

If the accident only involves you or another French vehicle

French law applies. Otherwise, local legislation takes precedence.

You are now prepared in the event of an accident abroad. Drive carefully!

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