When you have been injured by someone who was driving carelessly, you may be entitled to claim compensation from them. If the accident was not your fault and you have suffered injuries as a result, it is only right that you should be compensated for your pain and suffering. If the other driver is prosecuted and found guilty of driving without due care and attention, your claim should be pretty straightforward. However, if they are found not guilty or not charged with a criminal offence, you will need to make sure that you have evidence to back up a civil claim for damages against the person who caused the accident.
There are things that you can do in order to help your claim go through successfully. By consulting the specialists at Accident Advice Helpline, we will be able to put your claim for compensation forward in the best way possible, as well as advising you on whether you have a claim that will be successful. We have a no win no fee* service, meaning that you will not need to pay out any money towards a case unless compensation is awarded.
The following are a few things to think about, as they can help your case if you do need to make a claim for compensation after a traffic accident that was not your fault:
- Collect insurance details of the other driver(s) involved. This is very important, as you need to provide these to your insurance company so that they can contact the other driver’s insurance company and get your claim paid out as quickly as possible. If you are unable to collect the details yourself due to an injury, then ask a policeman, friend or relative to do so on your behalf. You should also make a note of the registration number of the other car so that your insurance company and the lawyer dealing with a potential claim can find the other driver easily.
- Stay calm. This is important not only for the sake of your stress levels, but also as it will make a better impression in any future compensation claim. If witnesses and the police state that you have remained calm and rational, rather than shouting at the other driver, it will count in your favour. You also need to stay calm in order to collect all the relevant details and summon the emergency services for assistance.
- Take photos. These will give a clear record of the condition of the car after the accident and can sometimes show who was at fault. You should also take photos of any injuries, both immediately and as they develop, so that you have a clear record of these.
- Obtain witness details. Collect the contact details of any witnesses who saw what happened and are happy to make a statement.
If you are injured as a result of the actions of others, including careless drivers, you are entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you to pursue such a claim. Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: October 11, 2013
Author: David Brown