Personal injuries can happen to anyone; whether at work, whilst out in public, or in a road traffic accident, there is little you can do to protect yourself against an accident that occurs due to someone else’s error, misjudgement, or negligence. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a personal injury, there are a number of measures that you should take immediately after the accident has occurred, including taking accident photos.
Keep a list
It is a good idea to write a list to keep in your wallet or car glove compartment for reference, just in case you are involved in an accident. It may sound like a great deal of effort to go to, but it can save you a lot of time in the long run, and if you are eligible to make a claim your chances of receiving compensation will be greater.
The moments following an accident often pass by as a blur, whilst you digest the circumstances and come to terms with any injuries that you may have incurred. This feeling of being left shaken means your mind may not operate as efficiently and logically as you would like – having a list to hand means that you don’t have to rely on memory. A list can be used for reference to remind you of the details you should take from the scene of the accident before leaving. Of course, if you are very badly injured then medical attention will be your first priority, but any documentation that you can make will be a bonus.
How will this help?
Say for example that you have been involved in a road traffic accident, whereby the driver behind you failed to stop and a red light and drove into the back of your car. Straight after the accident, you are shaken and think you may have whiplash, and your husband in the passenger’s seat has injured his leg. You are able to keep calm, referring to a list which tells you to:
- Take the details of the other driver; including contact information and insurance numbers if possible
- Write down the registration number of the other vehicle involved
- Check for any witnesses, and ask for their details
- Take accident photos – a camera phone is fine for this. Accident photos may include your vehicle, the other vehicle, the area in which the accident happened and any other significant visual details.
Equipped with this information, you are in a good position to be able to make a claim. The witness should be able to verify that the accident was not your fault, and the supporting evidence will help your case. Accident photos provide strong visual evidence and will also jog your memory if you have forgotten any specific details.
A specialist law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline will match your case to one of our trusted lawyers offering you first-rate legal expertise and a claims process with a minimum level of fuss, all on a no-win, no-fee basis.
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Date Published: 26th January 2013
Author: Sharon Parry