Cars and motorcycles have become an increasingly common, and personal, commodity today. They have become ever more affordable and it is not uncommon for most households to own multiple vehicles. This leads to an ever-increasing amount of traffic on the roads, which in turn, leads to ever more road traffic accidents – and you need not even own a vehicle to be involved in one.
The sheer number of these road traffic accidents, and their alarming frequency, dictates that one should always be prepared to deal with their aftermath, regardless of the number of precautions exercised. Traumatizing as it can be, being involved in an accident, its severity and consequences can be mitigated and controlled if certain steps are taken immediately.
- It is highly essential that you remain as calm as you possibly can immediately after the accident. Understandably, you would feel aggrieved, even angry, especially if it was not your fault. Yet anger only serves to exacerbate the problems. Staying calm will help you deal better with the situation, and it would also make everyone around you more cooperative towards you.
- Once you’ve found your bearings and regained your senses, call the police and the emergency services immediately. The emergency services will be required to treat any injuries from the accident, and even if there aren’t any, there might be emotional stress and trauma that they’d need to care for and record. These records, coupled with those of the police, can serve as evidence if you intend to file for injury claims later on.
- While you wait for them to arrive, do not just sit around. Look around to see if anyone needs your help, and do everything you can to help them. If you act expediently enough, you might even save someone’s life without having to wait for the emergency services.
- After you’ve helped everyone in need of it, call your insurance company to inform them of the incident. It will help the company resolve your claim more expediently if they know about it as soon as possible.
- The next step is to start collecting as much information as you can. This information can serve as evidence in the court to support your claim, and prove that you were not at fault in the accident. Ask the driver of the other vehicle for their contact information, insurance details, car registration, and get their vehicle’s licence plate number as well.
- Your word alone will not hold up in court. You need to back up what you claim with solid, material evidence and eyewitness statements. Collect contact information from any and all witnesses present at the scene of the incident. You might need to call upon them to testify on your behalf. Use your mobile phone to take pictures of the accident, the damage done to the vehicle, and of any injuries sustained to the body.
Once you’ve gone through all the steps mentioned above, you’ll need an experienced and professional road traffic accident specialist to help you with your claim. Find one by calling Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: October 6, 2013
Author: David Brown