Personal Injury Car Accident Claims
In the UK, the law states that any driver involved in a collision with other vehicles, pedestrians or street furniture must stop. If a person or animal is hurt in the collision, the driver must report the accident to the police. Failing to stop after an accident or report an accident are both offences under English traffic law. In the event of serious injury or fatality, the driver must report the accident immediately or within seven days.
In any case, even if you were not the driver and the accident was not your fault, you should take certain steps in case subsequently you need to make a personal injury car accident claim.
What to do if you are involved in a car accident
There are various steps you should take if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident:
- Deal with the medical emergencies first;
- Call the emergency services as required;
- Get your vehicle off the road if possible, out of the way of traffic;
- Exchange details with the other drivers involved;
- Get the details of witnesses if possible;
- Take photos at the scene and make notes; and
- Inform your insurance company of the incident.
Have a check over at the doctor’s. Even if you think that you have walked away unharmed, concussion and whiplash take time to show up, and if you find you need to make a personal injury car accident claim later on then you must demonstrate that you needed medical attention as a result of the accident.
Who makes the accident report?
If the accident is serious, the police will make a report. It’s important that your insurance company knows about this, so tell them as soon as possible.
How do I start my claim?
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 and ask one of our friendly advisors to tell you what the procedure is, or you can take our 30-second test™ to check whether your claim is eligible. If you can give us some quick and basic information about your injuries, we may be able to tell you what your claim might be worth.
There’s no obligation, but if you decide to start your claim then we can find you a legal representative who specialises in your personal injury car accident claim from our network of around 200 solicitors. Accident Advice Helpline have helped thousands of victims over the years to claim the compensation they need to get back to normal life.
How quickly will I get my compensation award?
If the personal injury car accident claim is eligible and the defendant accepts it, in most cases it will be settled over the phone, in which case we make your payout as quickly as we can. It’s only in disputed cases, where the amount offered is not accepted or if your solicitor advises you, that you have to go to court. Maybe a barrister needs to be hired, which can be the case in some complex medical negligence cases, for example. When documents have to be prepared and presented, it all takes time.