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Hurt in a car accident

What to do if you’ve been hurt in a car accident

Car accidents can be very stressful, and whilst no one ever expects to be involved in a road traffic collision, it pays to know exactly what you should do if the worst does happen and you’re hurt in a car accident.

This can help you to get back on track as quickly as possible, and minimise the negative impact of such a situation.

Here, we talk you through what you must do after being hurt in a car accident.

Follow protocol at the scene

At the scene, there are certain steps that you must follow.

You’ll need to contact the emergency services, for example, so they can send any necessary medical assistance and clear the road so there are no hazards in the way that could cause further problems.

It goes without saying though that car accidents are stressful and you’re not always thinking logically, so don’t panic if you’ve failed to follow the advised procedures. Call the police as soon as you can, and they’ll be able to advise you on your next steps.

Don’t accept blame

It is not wise to accept blame for the accident at the scene.

This may cause problems further down the line, or could mean that you’ll be liable for expenses that you shouldn’t be.

Swap details with the other driver, but try to refrain from apologising or accepting any blame whatsoever.

If the accident wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Find out if you’re due to compensation

You’ll often have many unexpected expenses to deal with after an accident, such as prescriptions, travel to various appointments, and even time away from the office, work place, employment etc.

All of this can add up and put you under huge financial strain. This is why you might want to think about making a claim for compensation.

For further advice, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659. The line is open 24 hours per day, and the trained advisers will be happy to talk you through all the information you need.

It’s worth remembering though that you’ll usually only have three years after an accident to make your claim. As such, it pays to get started as soon as possible.

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