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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common car accident excuses: “I didn’t see the other car coming”

    A road traffic accident can be extremely unsettling and can lead to a wide scope of road-related injuries. Victims are often left feeling nervous about taking to the road again and somewhat upset that they have suffered a car accident injury despite their careful driving.

    When a car collision occurs, excuses such as “I didn’t see the other car coming” don’t quite cut it, and often victims often want to seek the justice they deserve for the distress they have suffered.

    What to do following a road traffic accident

    The very nature of a road traffic accident can cause the most placid of people to lose their cool. With emotions running high, it can be tempting to point blame and shout at the individual who caused the collision.

    Before jumping in, head first, it is important to take a minute to compose yourself and deal with the situation in a manner that would be deemed respectable should you decide to pursue a claim following the event.

    Essential information

    Once you have calmed, leave your car and take photographs of any damage done to your vehicle. It is also advisable to take immediate pictures of any injuries you’ve sustained due to the collision.

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    You will also need to collect:

    • The registration details of other cars involved, particularly the one that caused the collision.
    • The drivers’ details.
    • Names and contact details for any other individuals present who are willing to give a witness account.

    As soon as possible, write a factual note of events as you remember them. Omit any opinions or subjective accounts.

    The Emergency Services

    Be sure to cooperate with the emergency services. Ring them as soon as the incident occurs and answer any questions they ask calmly and accurately. Their records may also be used in the case of a road-related personal injury claim.

    How to claim personal injury compensation

    Following the aftermath of a road traffic accident, it is unlikely that you will want to deal with the stresses and strains that come hand in hand with legal proceedings.

    In cases such as these, Accident Advice Helpline is an excellent option for victims. Their 24/7 advice line is on hand for your convenience, offering free initial personal injury advice.

    Evaluating the basics of your claim, the law firm will be able to advise you if your case is likely to be successful. Seek support with the peace of mind that all Accident Advice Helpline cases are managed on a no win no fee* basis.

    Date Published: February 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.