Car Accident in Spain
In Spain, if you have a minor collision, regardless of who is at fault, then you can settle the matter with the other driver yourself. However, if not then ensure you make a written note of the car registration, the insurance details of the other party(ies) and the position of the vehicles, drawing how the accident occurred and taking the contact details of any witnesses. If someone is injured then your insurance company will need a medical report and medical attention must be sort. Call 112 for an ambulance.
If you have taken roadside assistance with your Spanish car insurance and your vehicle is not drivable then you should call the number to have your vehicle towed to the nearest garage or to your home. You must contact your insurance company as soon as possible but within 7 days of the car accident in Spain. Attach the police report to the insurance claim, if you have it, or provide the insurance company with the details of the police in attendance, e.g: Policia Local, Guardia Civil). If you or any of the passengers have been injured, you should also attach a copy of the medical report to claim for compensation from the insurance company.
If you believe the car accident in Spain has been caused by the fault of another driver you must state this before the Spanish authorities within 6 months of the accident to initiate criminal proceedings. All victims of a car accident, regardless of the injuries or damages they have suffered, are entitled to an indemnity. Applications for compensation may be made to the court within whose jurisdiction the accident took place.
When a physical injury is involved, an examination by the Court’s doctor (Medico Forense) will be necessary. The Examining Magistrate will decide whether compensation is payable by the defendant and the amount of compensation payable. You may wish to involve your lawyer to assist you with any claims.
Useful Numbers: Emergency 112 / Local Police 091 / Guardia Civil 062