Our roads nowadays are busier than ever, with people rushing about in pursuit of their daily activities. It is no wonder that the number of road traffic accidents is on the increase.
Road traffic accidents result in a number of injuries including simple and compound fractures, head and neck injuries, facial and dental injuries, as well as injuries to other parts of the body. The most common injuries caused by traffic accidents are whiplash injuries. Other people apart from the car drivers may be affected by a road accident. These include passengers in the vehicles, pedestrians and other road users.
Why claim compensation?
As one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK, we at Accident Advice Helpline seek compensation for the victims of road accidents. We feel that this helps to bring a sense of justice to the entire situation. Furthermore, the payout received in compensation claims will help to reimburse any expenses spent as a result of the accident. The money will also help the accident victims and their dependants to keep going until they are back on their feet.
The process of claiming for a road traffic accident
Most people hesitate to file a compensation claim, thinking that the process is too complicated. In order to make the process clearer, we have outlined the main steps involved in filing a road traffic accident claim below:
- Inform the police and call an ambulance. This crucial first step may help to save lives while informing the authorities about the accident.
- Take the details of the driver responsible for the accident. This includes contact information such as the name, telephone number, address, vehicle make and registration details, and the insurance information.
- Get photographs of the accident scene if possible. The best photographs should show the damage sustained by the vehicle. These will be used as evidence when filing a traffic accident compensation claim.
- Obtain the details of any witnesses to the accident as they might be called to give more evidence.
- Go to the hospital for medical treatment. This is important because the medical records will form part of the evidence in the claim for compensation. The doctor should be informed of any injuries, no matter how small. Due to shock, some whiplash injuries often go unnoticed at first. These should be reported as soon as possible.
- Notify the motor insurance company about the accident and see if they will cover any legal fees for a claim.
- Retain any receipts showing the expenses incurred due to the accident. This may include the cost of repairing the vehicle or transport costs to the hospital. These will be used when determining the payout to claim.
- Get in touch with us. At Accident Advice Helpline, we will assess the case in order to determine how we can help. We will also put the accident victim in contact with a solicitor who is specialised in road traffic accident claims. The solicitor will also handle all the legal paperwork involved in the case and will represent the client in court if necessary.
Date Published: October 2, 2013
Author: David Brown