Most of us instinctively know how to avoid accidents by driving carefully, watching where we are going, and not putting ourselves in situations which are obviously dangerous. However, accidents do happen, often through no fault of our own, and we are forced to manage the aftermath.
But do you know what to do after an accident? If you have been injured or inconvenienced in some way, you may wish to make a claim for compensation from the person who was at fault. If this is the case, it is important to act quickly and diligently in the hours following the accident.
What to do after an accident
- The first thing you should do is check for injuries. If you are badly injured, go to the hospital immediately. Some injuries (e.g. whiplash) are not immediately apparent, so even if you think you are fine, make an appointment to visit your GP as soon as possible to have a check-up.
- Once you have made sure everyone is OK, assess the damage. If you have been involved in a car accident, take as many photos as you can of the damaged vehicle and the surrounding area. These photos may help prove your case at a later date.
- Speak to the other party. If the accident was their fault, they may wish to offer a settlement from the outset. Don’t agree on anything at this time, but it may be useful to get an idea of where they stand.
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, take their contact details in case you need to call them at a later date. Ask them to write down what they saw while it is fresh in their minds.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) operates a 24-hour freephone helpline manned by our team of legal experts. If you have been involved in an accident and don’t know what to do, call us and we can talk you through it.
We have been helping clients to pursue personal injury claims for nearly 15 years, so we know exactly what to do after an accident of any description.
Give us a call and speak to us in confidence with no obligation to proceed. Alternatively, take the 30-second test on our website to find out if you have a claim.
Date Published: 11th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell