How do you make a car accident whiplash claim?
Each year almost 80% of all personal injury claims made relate to road traffic accidents. One of the most common reasons for people to seek compensation following a road accident is that they have suffered whiplash: In 2011, the number of claims made in the UK resulting from this particular injury increased by 18%. So what steps should you take if this happens to you? How do you make a car accident whiplash claim?
The details of your accident
Information is key. Making a car accident whiplash claim can be a swift, stress-free experience if you have clear details to support your case. Keeping a pad and pen handy in your car will give you the opportunity to note down road and weather conditions at the time of the accident and track what happened before, during and immediately after the event.
Photographic evidence can also be very useful. If it is safe and possible to do so without further injury, use your mobile phone to take some shots to help build a picture of the circumstances of the accident.
Remain at the scene for assistance and to swap insurance details with drivers of any other vehicles which may have been involved in the accident.
You need to report a traffic accident to the police within 24 hours of its occurrence. If they were present at the scene, it is a good idea to take note of the collar numbers of the officers for future reference.
Making a claim for compensation
If the injury you sustained was somebody else’s fault, then it is likely that you will be able to make a car accident whiplash claim. Take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test to give you a quick snapshot of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive as a result of your whiplash injury.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our approachable, friendly advisors about your road traffic accident. We know that you need to talk to someone when it suits you –and not necessarily during office hours- so we man our phones seven days a week.
We will take the information you give us and team you up with a solicitor with exactly the right experience of dealing with a car accident whiplash claim.
We put you in touch with the best professional available who will be able to answer any questions you may have about your car accident whiplash claim. Please remember that we are committed to work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so you will not be required to make any payment to us to start your claim.
As every compensation claim is different, it is difficult to predict how long the process will take. However, we know how important it is for you to be updated on the progress of your case and we keep you informed every step of the way.
Call us today
Pick up the phone and call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: David Brown