If you have been injured in a road accident that wasn’t your fault then it is likely that you will be able to claim compensation. How much you will be able to claim will depend on the injuries involved and the costs incurred. It helps to be prepared and know what to do beforehand as in the middle of a road accident it is likely that you will find it hard to keep calm and in those circumstances it helps to have the details of what to do already in your mind. Below are common questions that people ask.
What should I do when the incident happens?
It is best to keep this simple so try to memorise these points below-
- Stay calm – Take deep breaths and try not to get too agitated or say anything in the heat of the moment that may affect your claim.
- Get medical help as soon as possible- As well as helping you to recover this will mean you can refer to someone professional who can give evidence of your injuries.
- Get the personal details of the other party involved in the incident (if possible) and any officials who are at the incident.
- Take pictures as this will allow you to give evidence of what happened. Some criminals have been known to falsify insurance claims (for example lying about damage to vehicle, amount of people involved in the accident and so forth) and having visual evidence will make it easier to state your case.
- If possible find people willing to be witnesses and get their details.
Do I need to attend a court hearing?
Most of our clients won’t need to attend a court hearing and the vast majority of cases can be sorted out over the phone. However it is worth noting that it can take time to settle a case and any compensation figures quoted to you should only be treated as a guideline as opposed to a guarantee.
I didn’t report the accident immediately. Can I still make a road accident claim?
If the accident has happened in the last three years then it is still possible to make a claim. The key is to make have the right details to hand. If you contact our helpline then someone can discuss the options available to you and how likely you are to get compensation.
Why should I use Accident Advice helpline?
Accident Advice helpline has been established for over 13 years and is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard . We are also endorsed by Esther Rantzen, a prominent campaigner for consumer rights.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline for a no-obligation consultation by dialling 0800 689 0500. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is always some on the end of the phone to discuss the options available to you. Call today to find out what we can do for you!
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown