Car accidents can lead to serious injuries and even if you’re a safe driver, there are no guarantees you won’t be the victim of somebody else’s negligent driving. If you’re wondering how to treat car accident victims, there are no hard and fast rules, but sometimes it’s better to do less, rather than more, if you’re the first to the scene of an accident. If you’re the person who has been injured, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation from the other driver, if the accident was their fault – or even from somebody who tried to treat your injuries but actually made them worse.
What to do if you’re first on the scene of an accident
With head, back and neck injuries so common in car accidents, it’s important we’re all aware of how to treat car accident victims. If the victim has sustained a head, neck or back injury, they shouldn’t be moved – except in extreme cases, for example if their vehicle catches fire. You should cover them with a blanket or coat to keep them warm and prevent shock, and provide protection from the sun or rain whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive on scene.
Make sure that their vehicle’s ignition is turned off and talk to them to reassure them that help is on the way. If you have been injured in a car accident, it’s important to get your injuries checked out – even a seemingly minor head injury could have serious consequences.
Claiming compensation after a car accident
Knowing how to treat car accident victims means you’re less likely to exacerbate existing injuries which could leave you held liable. But if somebody has tried to provide you with first aid treatment – for example moving you after a car accident when you had a back or neck injury – and actually done more harm than good, you could make a personal injury claim. Or you could claim personal injury compensation from the driver of the other vehicle, if they were driving dangerously and caused your accident.
Whether you’ve suffered whiplash, a head injury or a more serious injury, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim. We’ve been helping people claim compensation since 2000 and our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton