When can I make a car crash claim?
Car crashes are unfortunately a common occurrence on Britain’s roads today, with many occurring due to human error. Causes may include:
- Lack of observation
- Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- Poor eyesight
- Mechanical failure
- Poor signage
- Dangerous manoeuvres, such as overtaking carelessly
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, you may have been physically harmed as well as emotionally affected by the experience. Car crashes can leave you feeling shaken and nervous, leaving psychological scars as well as physical. Injuries that require medical attention range from whiplash to broken legs and concussion. Sadly, some people receive very serious injuries and many die on the UK’s roads every year.
You can make a car crash claim if your accident occurred within the last three years, and was not your fault. To check your eligibility, we recommend you take the Accident Advice Helpline 30 second test to confirm.
What information will I need to make a claim?
The more details you have to support your car crash claim, the better. Information that may aid your case includes:
- Details of other parties involved in the accident (including telephone number, address and vehicle registration)
- The contact details of any witnesses – this will help prove the accident was not your fault
- A note of any road conditions that may have contributed to the accident
- Photographic evidence – if you have a camera phone, make sure you take as many pictures as you can of both vehicles involved in the accident
All of the evidence above must be gathered at the scene of the crash – it may be useful to note these down and keep the list in your wallet or car glove compartment as a prompt should you be involved in an accident. You will likely be in shock following the crash and will find it difficult to think coherently, so a list for reference may prove very helpful.
Following the crash, it is vital that you receive medical attention, even if you believe you are unharmed. Not only is this important for your health, but a doctor’s report can also be used in your car crash claim.
I want to make a claim – what next?
To progress your claim, you should get in touch with an advice and compensation provider who will be able to help. Accident Advice Helpline has a network of hundreds of solicitors; one of their highly trained advisors will be able to match your case with lawyers expert in road traffic accidents specifically. Most claims can be processed via the telephone, and the majority of claimants will not need to attend court. The Accident Advice Helpline lawyers work on a no win, no fee* basis, meaning that if you do not win your claim, you will pay nothing. Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Accident Advice Helpline is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is a member of the Claims Standards Council.