Being involved in a road traffic accident is one the most traumatising experiences that can happen to an individual and sometimes the behavior of the other parties involved can only exacerbate matters. Here is Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to dealing with ‘blameless’ individuals when involved in a car accident.
I’ve suffered a traffic collision and it wasn’t my fault and the other party is refusing to accept blame, what should I do?
The most important step of all is not to panic and take the standard measures when involved in a car accident. You should:
1. Exchange details with the other driver
If the other driver is being obtuse and refusing to provide details including name, address, insurance provider etc then always remember they are under a legal obligation to provide this information in the case of an accident. If they refuse to exchange details, there are other methods to obtain them. Most importantly, note the registration of the vehicle and the police will be able to track the owner if they are refusing to provide you with the information. If the driver of the vehicle was not the owner, he or she is still required to provide information on who was driving and it is an offence not to do so.
2. Do not feel intimidated
Often drivers who have been driving illegally may to try and refuse blame in the event of an accident or try and reach a roadside settlement in order to avoid facing a criminal prosecution. Do not feel pressured by any individual into taking action and always take matters through the appropriate legal channels.
3. Take pictures of the incident
The age of the smart-phone is a wonderful thing and anyone who has been involved in an accident will testify to this. Most modern phones are equipped with a fairly decent quality camera and taking photos of any damage done to your or the other driver’s car may make all the difference in the world. Make sure to thoroughly examine all aspects of the vehicle and ensure that all damage is photographed.
Accident Advice Helpline understands how traumatic a traffic accident can be and we are here to help. If you have been involved in a road-traffic collision within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today on our helpline – 0800 689 0500 – for more information.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown