Due to the nature of road traffic accidents, it goes without saying that many car crash victims are not in the calmest state of mind following the collision. While it may be extremely difficult to stay cool and collected following an accident, keeping to this manner will not only enable you to take wise post-accident actions, like noting the other drivers registration, but it could also reflect well on you in the case of a future court case.
Get the registration!
As many people know, the most important detail to note following a road traffic accident is the other car’s registration plate number.
From this, usually without other details, insurance companies and law firms are able to trace the owner of the car to establish the basics for their case.
That being said, there are still a number of other details you should gather together to ensure your road traffic accident compensation or insurance claim process is as streamlined as possible.
Other useful details
Following a car crash, take time to speak to all involved and note down the following information:
- Name of driver/s
- Address of driver/s
- Contact number of driver/s
- Their insurance details, if possible
- Witness details, including name, number and address
How to handle the situation
As stated previously, it is important to remain calm at the scene of a car crash. Speak with the other driver/s and confirm their state.
If required, call the emergency services on 999. If someone is badly injured they may require medical attention, however, many car collisions do not require the intervention of both the fire and police service.
When an emergency service arrives, be sure to be as helpful as possible. They may require you to give a statement. Do this objectively.
It can also help, following a road traffic accident, to write down the events as you remember they occurred. Leave out any personal opinions. This account may jog your memory in future, if needed, should you decide to claim road traffic accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Don’t suffer in silence. If you have suffered harm or injury due to a car accident that wasn’t your fault, give, law firm, Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500.
Their dedicated team are on hand 24/7 to talk through the basics of your case with you and advise whether or not you have a road traffic accident compensation claim worth pursuing.
Date Published: February 2, 2014
Author: David Brown