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What to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident

Have you been hurt whilst crossing the road?

When road traffic accidents occur, people are often most concerned about how the drivers and passengers are affected. Of course, it is entirely possible that they could have sustained serious injuries so it’s important that they receive medical attention.

However, pedestrians can also be affected by road traffic accidents and this shouldn’t be overlooked. In addition to being hit by moving vehicles, pedestrians can sometimes be indirectly affected by collisions and traffic accidents.

If two vehicles collide, for example, the damage could be extensive and the vehicles may lose parts or glass may shatter. If you’re nearby, there’s a chance that you could be struck by vehicle parts and this could cause you to get seriously hurt.

What to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident

If you’ve been injured in some way, it’s important to know what to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident. If you’re able to walk, you may be tempted to go home as quickly as possible in order to recover from the shock of the incident but this isn’t always the most sensible thing to do.

In many cases, it’s best to stay on the scene until you’re sure you don’t need emergency medical help. If the police attend the scene of the accident, they may want to speak to you if you witnessed the collision as well.

Although what to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident may seem obvious, the shock of being hurt can make it hard to think straight so it’s good to have a plan in mind. For example, you could access medical assistance for yourself and anyone else affected. Depending on how badly you’ve been hurt, you may be able to provide initial first aid to other people who have been hurt by the accident.

Taking legal action after an accident

Although you may not think of it immediately, you could also take legal action after a car accident has occurred. Providing you weren’t responsible for the incident, a personal injury solicitor could help you to obtain compensation for any injuries you sustained.

If you weren’t too badly hurt, you may not see any point in making a claim but this could result in you missing out on a considerable sum of money. To find out how much compensation you could receive for your injuries, take our 30-second test™ now.

If you’d prefer to talk to someone about making a claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 if you’re calling and we’ll provide all the help you need.