Like other traffic accidents, taxi accidents may result in serious personal injuries to drivers, passengers or other road users. Here are five things all individuals involved in such accidents should do.
Road traffic accidents, checking for and dealing with injuries
Following a road accident, the first thing to do is to check drivers and passengers for potential injuries, providing first aid where appropriate and informing emergency services (police, ambulance and, depending on the accident, the fire department). The scene of the accident may also need to be secured, if necessary before the arrival of emergency services, in order to prevent further accidents from happening.
Accidents on the road, swapping details
The next step is to secure driver, vehicle and insurance details of all parties involved in the car crash. This also includes getting contact details and statements of witnesses, as well as getting the names / numbers of attending police officers, paramedics and so on.
Documenting vehicle accidents
If at all possible, it also helps to take photographs of the scene, the vehicles involved and their positions, as well as damage to vehicles and potential personal injuries. Where this is not possible, it will help to note down details concerning the road lay-out; vehicle positions, circumstances leading to the accident in traffic, damages and injuries.
Seeking medical attention
Even if injuries appear to be minor, it is essential to seek medical assistance. There are two good reasons for this. First of all, road accident injuries sometimes look minor, but later turn out to be far more serious. Often, this can be detected immediately by medical personnel, resulting in injuries by car accident being treated straight away, rather than leaving them to get worse.
Driver and passenger injury compensation
Secondly, if you were injured by accident during the past three years and the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. In this case, your medical records can be used as evidence of your injury. Claiming for the compensation you deserve is the fifth and final step you should take after being injured in a taxi.
Accident Advice Helpline has assisted victims of vehicle-related accidents in claiming personal injury compensation for 13 years. This kind of experience is exceptionally helpful when processing claims and often results in claims being conducted more or less completely over the phone and without the need for court hearings. Calls to this compensation provider are free and confidential on 0800 689 0500, and claims are handled by experienced legal professionals under conditional fee agreements.
Date Published: January 27, 2014
Author: David Brown