Hi, I wonder whether any one who has been in this situation can offer their advice please?
I was in a car accident a few days back. I was stationary at the traffic lights when this large lorry (one that transports large goods) hit my car at the back. Not sure what he was thinking given the lights were red and cars were stationary! When i got out of my car and went to inspect the damage, he decided to reverse his truck. Not sure why he done that but i can guess he was trying to cover his fault? When i told him to get out of the truck and questioned him, he spoke little English and didn't respond well. At this point i phoned the traffic police who advised me to go the nearest Traffic police station. My car was dented at back, while he's truck showed no signs of damage! This was really annoying! Note, both parties have to got to the same traffic police station. I also gave the traffic police my details and the truck registration, they took his name and number too.
Upon arrival at the traffic police station, it seems the truck driver delayed and took almost 1 hour to arrive there. I had to phone the traffic police 3 times just to get this truck driver down to the station!
When he finally arrived, the traffic police took both of our details to compile a report (This report is also needed by the insurance companies). The police attended to both our vehicles and inspected the damage on my car then went to the truck and inspected his truck. Incidentally the whole police report was in Arabic! You get a pink form (receipt for payment of police report) and i got a green form with the police report. I cant remember what color the other party got. I did ask the police before i left, who's fault it was? They said the fault was that of the truck driver. I still got the green form translated by a work colleague who verified the other party was at fault and where the damage was exactly on my car.
I took the green form to my insurance company and they kept it, inspected the damage and gave me a yellow form, stating the damage on the vehicle and what needs to be rectified (very express inspection, if you ask me). This form i have to present it to Toyota. I'll follow up on this and let others know what happens next.
But in the mean time, i'd be grateful if any one can offer advice on what i should have done? or answer the question below please?
-Should the traffic police arrived on the scene of the accident?
-Should the truck driver moved his vehicle or left it there for police traffic to inspect?
-Is it advisable to get witnesses at the scene of accident?
-In Bahrain, if someone hits you from the back, are they automatically at fault?
-Can i claim for damages from his insurance? (my employer wasn't happy that i lost 1/2 day at work) as this wasn't my fault.
-Do the police report color forms have any relevance?
I'd be very grateful for any responses as this may help others too.