If you’ve had the misfortune of being involved in a road traffic accident, you may be thinking about making a claim for compensation. Car crash compensation can be used to provide financial assistance with rent or mortgage payments, cover the cost of repairs and damages to the vehicle or help with medical costs and it can give you peace of mind if you’re worried about making up for lost income or mounting bills.
What causes road accidents?
The vast majority of car accidents (around 90 per cent) are the result of human errors, such as speeding, loss of control, failure to look and drink driving. Other possible causes include mechanical failure, extreme weather conditions and hazards on the road, such as tar banding, pot holes and animals.
Five common sound bites after a car crash
Sound bites are clips of music, noises or speech, which are taken from longer recordings. They can be used as evidence in a court case and they may be useful in piecing together what happened in the event of a collision on the roads between 2 or more vehicles. Five examples of sound bites, which may be taken immediately after a car crash include:
- Driver experience: A sound bite may be used to capture the driver’s view of what happened and who was to blame.
- Eyewitness statement: Eyewitnesses can provide key evidence in a compensation case and provide important information to police officers investigating a crash scene.
- Passenger statement: Passengers often have a better impression of what happened when vehicles collide because the driver is focused on controlling the car.
- Other driver’s version of events: It’s important to hear both sides of the story when there has been a collision.
- Sudden braking or skidding: If somebody has witnessed the crash they may have sound bites on their phone of the actual noises in the build-up to the crash and the moment the vehicles collided.
Claiming for a car accident
Even the most careful drivers can be involved in car accidents. If you’ve been hit by another driver or you suffered crash injuries as a result of another person’s negligence, you have the right to seek car crash compensation. If you have evidence to support your claim and the road traffic incident happened within the last 3 years, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a claim for road accident compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice