Police traffic department reports traffic accidents.

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Police traffic Department has given an overview of all traffic accidents that were handled by this department for the month of January 2017. The amount of traffic accidents that were reported and handled by this department totaled 37:

Traffic accidents without any personal injuries were: 027

Traffic accidents with personal injuries were:  010

Victims with minor personal injuries: 007

Victims with serious personal injuries: 003

Fatal traffic accidents: 000

Cases leaving the scene of an accident (art. 9a): 017

Amount of 9a traffic accidents solved: 005

According to the monthly report most of these accidents that were investigated occurred due to driving at excessive speed, not giving right of way and overtaking at an intersection.

The police department is taking this opportunity to warn all drivers that they should at all times obey the traffic rules and pay good attention to all other traffic on the road.

What to do if you’re in an Accident

Car accidents can be very stressful and the following tips inform you what you should do if you’re involved in a car accident.

Stay calm.

Keeping a normal demeanour helps you stay in control of the situation.

Make sure you and your passengers are OK.

Leave the accident situation as is for further investigation and stay at the scene of the accident. Warn oncoming traffic by activating your hazard warning lights.

Call the police.

Call 911 or the appropriate emergency number to report the accident.

Contact your insurance company and report the claim.

The sooner your insurance company knows about the accident, the sooner they can start working to resolve your claim.

Do not admit fault.

Do not discuss the car accident with anyone other than the police and your claims representative.

Exchange vital information with the other driver involved in the car accident.

Write down the name, address, phone number and license numbers for all drivers and witnesses, particularly those who were not riding in a vehicle involved in the accident. Ask for the insurance companies and policy numbers for drivers involved in the car accident.