Car accidents can occur due to a variety of reasons and more often than not, negligence constitutes a key contributing factor. Fines are typically imposed for traffic violations in accordance with the Federal Law No. 21 of 1995 Concerning Traffic and its amendments (‘Traffic Law’). The list of fines for traffic violations is often updated annually and regularly published by all emirates.
3 Important Steps to Follow When Involved in a Vehicular Accident:
1. Report the Accident
In cases of serious injury or damage, contact the police on the emergency number 999, and request an ambulance service, if needed. At the same time, if it is a minor car accident, then the non-emergency police helpline can be contacted at 901. In Dubai, all minor accident cases can be reported in an easy application process by using the website of Dubai police, and you can place your accident report online and then obtain the police report as well. You might also be requested to share pictures of the accident through the application.
2. Obtain Police Report
When an accident is reported to the police, they will take measures to identify the defaulting party by accessing the scene, photographs and other digital means. Upon completion of the checks, a police report will be issued, which constitutes the most important document ascertaining the accident and is also required in proceeding with insurance claims.
3. Insurance Claim
It is crucial to immediately contact your vehicle insurance provider and to report the accident and the probable damages. Once the police report is obtained, it is required to be provided to the insurance company, to be eligible for the insurance claim.
UAE enforces strict traffic laws to further its goal for safer roads. While minor traffic violations might invite-only fines, for the more serious traffic violations, stricter penalties, including jail terms, can be imposed, especially when the safety of others is put at risk.
For instance, reckless driving could invite fines, black points and confiscation of the vehicle. The website of the Dubai Police states as follows.
Driving a vehicle in a way that jeopardizes the driver or others’ lives or their safety or security or driving a vehicle in a way that may cause damage to the public and private facilities: AED 2,000 in fines; 23 black points and the vehicle confiscation period of 60 days for light vehicles.
However, for more serious traffic violations, the penalties are adjudged by the Court and may include imprisonment and fines. This is in respect of more serious offences such as:
* Driving under the influence of Alcohol
* Driving under the influence of drugs or brain affecting substances or any other similar items
* Causing someone’s death
* Causing a serious accident or injuries