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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How do I know if a car accident is not my fault?


    Sometimes in the immediate aftermath of a car accident you might wonder who is to blame but later on you will think ‘I am sure that was not my fault.’ If anyone is injured in the incident, it is mandatory to call the police and they will take procedural measures and will also interview you, the other driver, and any witnesses. Hopefully this will settle the matter and the resulting personal injury claim will be clear and simple to process but occasionally the other driver will also say ‘this is not my fault’ at which point things can become more complicated.

    ‘This car accident is not my fault’

    When the initial shock wears off, most people will claim that they are not to blame. The expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline can only help the ‘innocent’ driver because self-inflicted injuries, though clearly inadvertent, cannot be the subject of a personal injury claim. Where the weather is the contributing factor this is still the case, except when a local council has been at fault by not keeping the road surface safe, although this type of claim can be quite complicated. A car accident may be designated by the police as a ‘no fault’ incident – this may still be caused by driver error, but what they mean by ‘no fault’ is that no one driver bears the blame, in other words, neither driver can say ‘this was not my fault.’

    Six of one and half a dozen of the other makes for a tricky case

    If you have been injured in a car accident you may be unable to work and in this case a personal injury compensation claim would be the next step. You must be able to prove that this is the other driver’s fault for this to be successful and the police accident report will prove very helpful in this event. The measurements will be accurate and the local police will know the stretch of road – this can come in very handy if your accident has happened when you are away from home. Most drivers claim that the accident was someone else’s fault so having an official report can swing the case for you – a case where both drivers claim to be the innocent party can be quite complicated. If you feel well enough, take photos at the scene – use your phone which usually has a date stamp.

    Date Published: September 23, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    Category: Car accident claims

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