If you’re injured as the result of a road accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be considering claiming for personal injury compensation. You don’t necessarily have to be a driver to be involved in a road accident; perhaps you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist who has been struck by another vehicle? Or perhaps you were travelling as a passenger in a car, van or coach. In any of these scenarios, if you’ve been injured due to another person’s negligence, you could claim for compensation.
What happens next?
If you’re a passenger in a car, van or bus, you would claim against the insurance company of the driver responsible for the incident, whether that was the driver of your vehicle or the other vehicle involved. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists would claim against the person driving the car which has hit them. In order to claim for compensation, you’ll need to prove that somebody else was responsible for the road accident.
Evidence to support your claim for road accident compensation
There are a few things you can do at the time of your road accident to ensure that you have evidence, should you decide to claim for compensation:
- Ensure that you take the names, contact numbers and addresses of anyone involved in the accident and any witnesses
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident, if you can
- If the other driver flees the scene, is driving a stolen vehicle or does not have insurance, you should call the police to report the incident
- Keep any receipts for expenses incurred travelling to medical appointments or for prescription costs
These pieces of evidence will be useful if you decide to proceed with your claim.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, so no matter what the time of day or night, you can call us for confidential advice, with no obligation to proceed. If you have questions about the claims procedure or just want to know whether you could have a viable claim for personal injury compensation then call us today – we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether we’ll be able to help.
If you do decide to proceed with a claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, and we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, so you know you can trust us. We’re even backed by Esther Rantzen, TV personality and consumer champion, who we’re proud to have as our sponsor. Call us today and see how we can help you with your personal injury claim.
Date Published: December 19, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims