Someone crashed into me and I got hurt, what can I do?

road traffic accident
a rear shunt accident is more than often the fault of the other driver

When driving, good drivers always obey the rules of the road and yet they are still often involved in accidents, and it is not fair when they get hurt that they should just grin and bear it. Some accidents are clearly what the insurance companies call no fault accidents, but equally some are very easy to attribute blame. Anyone who can say someone crashed into me, because the damage is on the side or rear of their car, has a very good case for claiming personal injury compensation.

I was driving carefully and someone crashed into me

Many people use the phrase that another vehicle ‘crashed into me’, but unlike many other stories of road traffic accidents this is normally easy to prove. Any damage to the side or rear of the vehicle tells its own story; it is literally impossible to be at fault when your vehicle is damaged in this way. If you have been hurt in this kind of sideswipe or rear shunt, it is likely you may suffer whiplash and this can be very damaging to your health long-term so compensation may well be needed for care and to cover loss of earnings. A freephone call to Accident Advice Helpline can give you a rough idea of the amount of compensation you can expect.

Driving without due care and attention

Most accidents which result in a claim that someone crashed into me are caused by other drivers who are just not concentrating. Often mobile phone usage or other in-car issues are to blame but sometimes the other driver is distracted by other road users, or is sleepy. Their excuses will not make a difference to your personal injury claim; there is no valid reason for driving dangerously and even if your injury is relatively minor, the bottom line is that you have every right to use the road with no worries that someone will crash into you. The police have recently been given new powers to give spot fines to anyone tailgating on any road, not just motorways, and although it is early days, the accident charities are hopeful that accidents where one car runs into another will be reduced by these measures.

If you are involved in one of these accidents, it is important to keep calm, but if you are injured in any way, make sure that an ambulance attends the scene as well as the police, because whiplash injuries can be hidden for some time after the impact.

To discuss your potential claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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