What to do if you are involved in an accident abroad
There are various situations that can lead to an accident abroad. Our solicitors are experts in helping individuals claim compensation for their injuries. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045
Stay safe after an accident abroad
This short guide will help you to stay safe and legal if you’ve just been involved in an accident abroad.
- Stay calm – accidents can happen.
- If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, this page contains more advice on road traffic accidents abroad.
Seek medical attention
Make sure everyone is ok. If you need an ambulance, call an ambulance or the police:
- Most european countries: dial 112 (serbia: 194, Belarus: 103)
- Australia: dial 000
- USA and Canada: dial 911
- China: dial 120
- Russia: dial 112
Ask a local for help, if you don’t know the correct number.
- Don’t admit fault. Even if you believe the accident may have been your fault, or partly your fault, you must not apologise or admit fault as this can affect your legal and insurance position. Click here for more information.
- Don’t sign anything. You have the right to withhold your signature and you have the right to consult a lawyer before signing a report.
Get the details of the scene
- Take photographs of the scene
- Get witness details. Make sure you get the name and address of any witnesses to pass to your insurers and if necessary, the police.
- Write down the events. It’s good to record your version of events while they are still fresh in your memory.
Exchange personal details
- Give your name, address and insurance details to anyone with an obvious right to ask for them, for example, if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident abroad, you should exchange personal details with the other driver involved.
If required, report the accident to the police
- In the UK, in the event of a road traffic accident where people or animals have been injured, you must report the accident to a police officer or at a police station within 24 hours. Different rules may if the accident took place abroad, but it is still always good practice and helpful to contact the police as soon as possible, regardless of what country the accident happened in.
Get a medical report
- Even if you’re not badly injured, if possible, go the hospital to get a medical report. Remember, some symptoms only develop after several hours.
Report the accident to your insurance company
- Report the incident to your insurers and start your claim as soon as possible. Make sure to hand over all of the details that you gathered at the scene.
- In this event, your insurance company may make you an early offer of compensation for any injuries, but bear in mind that you are free to take impartial legal advice before you accept. The majority of our clients claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis, so there is no financial risk in doing so.
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad, contact us today for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.
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