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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

    Ready, Set! – Being Prepared for a Car Crash

    If you are prepared for a car crash beforehand you may be able to minimise the chances of suffering an injury. Car accidents can happen at any time; unfortunately you can’t predict the time or place of the accident. An accident might be someone else’s fault, but it will be you who will suffer the consequences. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for an unforeseen car crash.

    Ensure Safety

    Your first task right after an accident should be to ensure safety. Firstly check to see if you or anyone else who is travelling with you is injured or not. After that, safely park the car on the side of the road and inspect the damage. Stay calm and composed even if the damage is excessive. You shouldn’t get into a confrontation with the other driver even if it was their fault. Just call the authorities and wait for them to arrive.

    Emergency Kit

    Given the fact that accidents can occur at any time, it is imperative that you have a few essentials with you at all times. This kit should include a few basic items such as a a mobile phone, first aid kit, contact numbers of relatives and insurance company and, if you happen not to have a camera phone, a disposable camera can be carried in the car. All these items will come in very handy if an accident occurs. You can take pictures of the scene with the camera, treat minor injuries with the first aid kit and contact emergency services on your phone.

    Collect Information and Evidence

    Now that the accident has occurred it’s time to collect evidence and information that you will use to make your claim. Write down the details of the accident so that you can notify the police accordingly when they arrive. Write the time, place, make and model of the car. Also note the licence plate and any other details of the accident that you remember. The more information you have the stronger your case will be when making an accident claim.

    Get a Witness

    If anyone was present at the scene of the accident, you need to talk to them and use them as a witness for your case. Witnesses can play a crucial role in helping you win compensation for the accident. If a witness can record a statement for the police you will have a greater chance of winning the case. Take contact details so your solicitor can follow up later.

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    Being prepared for a car crash can help you stay calm and deal with the situation effectively should it arise. If you have been injured in an accident in the last three years that was somebody else’s fault, give Accident Advice Helpline a call to find out if you could claim compensation.

    Date Published: October 6, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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