A road traffic accident can be an extremely traumatic event, especially if the car collision was at no fault of your own. Remaining calm at the scene of the accident may seem impossible but can really pay off in the future.
Keeping your cool following a road traffic accident
It is human nature to react with shock and fear as a result of a car crash. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision, if it is safe to do so, take a minute or two to yourself in your car to compose yourself before facing any other involved drivers.
Typically, drivers involved in road traffic accidents will attempt to discuss – or argue – the details of the event with the others. It is essential at this point that you keep calm and do not react to any anger-filled accusations or insults. Should you decide to process a road traffic injury claim, the way you compose yourself at the scene of the accident will be a factor in your case.
You should also think several times and DO NOT admit or ACCUSE fault
Inform the appropriate authorities
Depending on the severity and details of the car collision one of your first priorities is to call the emergency services. You may require medical attention or help from the fire or police services, and a calm phone manner will ensure you get the help you need as quickly as possible.
Dealing with the details
Keep conversation as limited as possible. Do not discuss the emotions of the event with other drivers or express any anger you may be feeling.
Spend your time at the scene completing practical tasks, such as swapping insurance details for the vehicles involved in the road traffic accident and giving a detailed factual account of the incident to the police.
Your road-related injury may mean that you are unable to obtain the necessary information or provide an account of the car accident. In this case, a passenger may be able to help you or a member of the police service.
Other things to consider
Take photos of your injuries and of any damage done to your car as a result of the car crash. If you do go on to file a claim with a no win, no fee* legal firm such as Accident Advice Helpline, photographs can significantly support your claim.
Be sure to make a note of any witness details’, including name, address and telephone number.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Car accident claims