The aftermath of an incident on the road can be a hazy, confusing, and distressing time. Consequences of road accidents and vehicle crashes are rarely simple and straightforward.
Therefore, it is best to be well rehearsed in the do’s and don’ts to make sure you don’t suffer any more than is necessary following a car crash or motorcycle accident.
What should I do if I’m in a road traffic accident?
The first thing to do is stop. This may seem obvious but people often act differently when panicked. If you are able, you need to turn the engine off, ensure the car is secure, and step outside.
Next you need to check on any other potentially injured parties. For minor incidents, it is not always necessary that the police are called. However, the incident should be reported to the local police station within the next 24 hours.
Now is also the time to swap contact details with the drivers of any other vehicles involved.
What contact details are the most important to get?
As is often the case, the more contact details of other people involved in the motor incident, the better. However, the following are essential:
– Telephone contact number
– Insurance details
– Driving license numbers
Why is it important to get the telephone contact number?
Getting the contact number of any other parties involved in the road incident is important because you may well need to converse with them in greater detail at a later date.
Telephone is still the most effective form of communication in these types of circumstances, as it is harder to ignore a phone-call than an email, and the other person/s may live a considerable distance away.
It’s also important that you write down your version of events as soon as possible and ideally before you’ve spoken to anyone else.
This is because conversations can taint your recollections and a consistent story is key to a successful traffic accident claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist with any potential claim for vehicle accident injury compensation. Their online quick claims calculator can give an indication of the strength and validity of your claim whilst their Freephone advice line – 0800 689 0500 – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown