Road Accidents in Turkey
Traffic accident on Turkish roads? Find out who to call and how to fill in the accident report after a car crash...
Turkey has a very high rate of road traffic accidents, with the majority of accidents occurring in the provinces of Istanbul and Ankara.
All vehicles in Turkey must have at least third party insurance. The procedure in the event of a road traffic accident in Turkey depends on the severity of the accident, whether there are injuries, and if it is necessary for the police to be involved.
What to Do at the Scene of an Accident
In the event of a minor accident with no injuries or deaths it is not necessary to call the Traffic Police. If drivers cannot come to an agreement on the circumstances and liability of the accident, and if there are injuries or death, then the Police must be called.
- Traffic Police
In the event of a serious accident:
- Stop immediately
- Do not move the vehicle until advised to do so by the Police. If possible take photographs of the scene of the accident before moving the car
- Put on the reflective jacket before leaving the car in dark conditions, bad weather, or at night. This applies to both driver and passengers
- Switch the hazard warning lights on, and place one warning triangle 50m in front of the car, and one 50m behind
- Drivers involved the accident must exchange details; registration number, name, address and insurance policy details
- Never sign any paperwork unless certain it's understood and agreed
Once the Police arrive at the scene of the accident, all parties involved must present their driving licence and vehicle registration documents. The Police then breathalyse all drivers involved in the accident. The result of this test and the official police report of the accident are needed to make an insurance claim. The police report and test results are usually available from the District Police Station within three days of the accident.
Making a Claim
Following a road traffic accident, drivers must file their claim with their insurance company within five days. The following documents should be sent with the claim:
- Copy of the insurance policy (Poliçe),
- Accident report sheet (Tutanak örneği), official police report if they attended the scene of the accident, or a written statement from the driver
- Result of the breathalyser test (Alkol Raporu) (original or copy)
- Copy of the vehicle registration documents
- Copy of the driving licence
- Photographs of any damage (if possible)
The British Embassy in Turkey provides information on what to do in the event of a road traffic accident as well as information on filling in a traffic accident report sheet: Click here.
The Turkish Motor Insurers' Bureau has information on what to do in the event of an accident involving a foreign car: Click here.