New smartphone app aims to assist motorists in following the correct steps after a crash.

Johannesburg - The Automobile Association has launched a new smartphone app to help motorists follow the right steps at the scene of a traffic accident.

In the shock of the moment motorists often forget simple things like obtaining the registration numbers of other vehicles and the contact information of third parties and witnesses. The AA Accident Assist app automatically records the time and the location, useful for ensuring the insurance accident report is accurate, and provides advice to ensure that you follow all the legal requirements.

The app allows users to record details of the scene, the prevailing conditions and, most importantly, the extent of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident, on video or photograph.

The app is part of the AA Rescue Service app suite, which gives users access to a full suite of rescue services at the click of a button.

“Proper management of events at the scene of a traffic accident and afterwards can safeguard a motorist’s rights, prevent unnecessary expense and even help to ensure that insurance claims are lodged quickly and efficiently,” says an AA spokesperson.

“It’s common for motorists to be flustered after an accident and important procedures or the gathering of vital information forgotten. Agreeing to the removal of the vehicle from the scene by unauthorised service providers has seen many an accident victim fall prey to runaway recovery and storage costs.”

AA Accident Assist is free to anyone and can be installed on most popular smartphones. To register and download the app, go to