In the aftermath of a road traffic accident it is important to, as far as is possible, keep a clear, analytical head. Whilst it can undoubtedly be a stressful and difficult time, failure to maintain your composure and follow a number of simple steps can have a seriously detrimental effect on your claim for road accident compensation.
Obviously, the first priority is to check that you and any other passengers are safe and ok. Health and well-being is the immediate priority following an incident on the road and, if possible, you should exit the vehicle.
From here, the next step is to check the status of any other injured parties or those involved in the crash. Police do not necessarily need to be called to every traffic accident, particularly if it is of a minor nature, but it is worth remembering that the incident ought to be reported to a local station within 24 hours.
The next step, providing everybody is in a sufficiently stable state to do so, is to exchange vehicle and contact details with anyone else involved in the accident.
When doing this, it is particularly important to pay close attention to gathering the name and contact details of the owner of the vehicle.
This, of course, is because the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident on the road may not necessarily be the owner of the vehicle.
Consequently, there may be a temptation to refuse to accept blame or ignore road accident claims under a misguided and mistaken belief that they cannot be traced.
Having the name and details of the owner of the vehicle means you have a point of contact and it would be in their own interests to chase up the guilty party should they prove to be reluctant to comply.
Accidents with untraced drivers can be expensive and problematic. However, in no way does this mean you should be doubtful when it comes to considering a claim for traffic accident compensation.
Providing the accident was not your fault, happened in the last three years and caused injuries that required medical attention, then you have a strong road accident claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer practical guidance and support from a team with over 13 years’ experience in injury claims. They are usually able to settle out of court and also work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Car accident claims