Being involved in road traffic accidents, no matter how minor they may be, can be a traumatic experience, especially if you or others were injured. Knowing what to do and who to call after road traffic accidents will not only help significantly in dealing with the situation at the time, but may also prove helpful in potentially ensuing court cases. Here is a brief guide to how to act after an accident on the road.
The first thing to remember when involved in an accident in traffic is to remain calm. This may seem easier said than done, but it is important to keep your cool. First of all, it will enable you to help other, potentially injured parties involved. Secondly, your demeanour at the scene of an accident may well come into play if a court case is required at a later date. Breaking the nose of a driver, who has caused a car accident and injured you or a loved one in the process, may feel good at the time. This act, however, will not work in your favour should you try to claim for injury compensation later.
Getting help and being helpful
Remaining calm is also required to make it possible for you to call emergency services and tell them where the accident occurred, whether there were injuries and anything else they may need to know.
Check for injuries to passengers in your own car first, and then check other involved vehicles for injured occupants. If you are injured yourself, however, it is best not to move in order to prevent making injuries worse. When emergency services arrive on the scene, provide them with as much information as you can. Ask attending police officers for their name cards, as you may need these to support a personal injury claim later.
If you are able to do so, swap insurance information with other involved drivers, get licence plate numbers and secure names, contact details etc. of witnesses. In case your injuries prevent you from doing so, police officers typically deal with this aspect. This also applies to securing visual evidence, such as photographs of the scene, positioning of vehicles and individuals etc.
Even if injuries appear to be minor to begin with, it is essential to seek medical attention. This will help reveal any potential internal injuries, as well as being necessary to support potential vehicle accident injury claims.
If you were injured in a car, cycling or motorbike accident within the past 36 months and the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile – and confidentially discuss your case with one of the company’s advisers. Calls can be made 24/7 and are dealt with confidentially.
If a claim is justified, legal professionals will assist you in getting your compensation and will provide their services on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: November 3, 2013
Author: David Brown