Are you in the unfortunate situation of being a victim of a road traffic accident and not knowing how to pursue with making a claim for compensation? If so, you’re not alone – many people are unsure of how to seek car crash compensation or passenger injury claims. The good news, however, is that it’s very simple.
The first step is to determine who was at fault in the accident. Hopefully this will be quite obvious – if you were driving appropriately and a driver came around a corner in your lane and caused a head-on collision, clearly the fault is with the driver of the other car.
The reason blame must be determined is because a car crash claim can only be submitted if you were not at fault – if you were driving recklessly and caused an accident, you will not be entitled to anything. However, a passenger is rarely at fault, because they were not behind the wheel.
Unless the passenger was distracting the driver or willfully acting dangerously, the odds are that passenger was not at fault for being injured in a road accident and so can confidently make passenger injury claims.
Filing the car accident or passenger injury claims
Having established that the accident wasn’t your fault, you will need to write down as much as you can remember – and take photographs if possible. If there are witnesses, it would be beneficial to get their contact details too. You should make a written record of the time, place, people involved, injuries sustained and your version of events – for instance, ‘travelling down the road at 45mph and the white hatchback pulled out of a junction without enough distance for our car to stop.’ This establishes the foundation of the case, so everyone knows the events and strengthens the chances of you being awarded compensation for the injuries sustained in the accident.
The next thing to do to receive road traffic accident compensation is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. It is a law firm that works on a no-win, no-fee* basis, meaning the company has a big incentive to ensure your case is successful.
To contact Accident Advice Helpline to file a road traffic accident claim, simply visit the website and take the 30-second test, or call the free number to talk to an adviser, and you will be able to find out if your case is eligible to seek compensation.
Date Published: November 3, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims