With the summer fully upon us you will doubtless have noticed that the roads are now full of traffic carrying people in a hurry to get home and enjoy that barbecue, or to get to the beach. Summer cars are out of garages and are streaming around with their roofs down and everyone has turned the music up. Increased traffic means an increased risk of accidents unfortunately. If you are an accident solicitor in Darwen then you will have seen as many personal injury claims through road traffic accidents as any other solicitor in the U.K.
Accident solicitor in Darwen – Drive safely
There are a few tips that any accident solicitor in Darwen would give to help you stay safe on the road. While they are happy to process any personal injury claim you may have they would rather you reach your destination in one piece.
- Allow plenty of time for your journey.
- Always check your route in advance if heading for an unknown area.
- Check your vehicle before leaving on a long journey: oil level, water, tyre pressure, etc.
- Carry a mobile phone with you in case of an emergency.
- Keep a first aid kit in the car and always take a drink in case you need to stop for an emergency.
What to do if the worst happens
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident and are not seriously injured then the first thing you should do is get out of the vehicle. Check no one else is injured and then phone the police. It is an offence not to inform the police of a road traffic accident; if you do not do it at the time you have twenty four hours to report it and will need to give details of all parties, failing to do so could invalidate any insurance claim. Take the insurance details and registration number of the other vehicle and of course hand over yours including a contact number. Call the emergency services if needed and then stay well clear of the road until the police have arrived. Only move the car it if is safe to do so. Then get yourself checked out at the local hospital; some injuries may not show themselves immediately and you may get a delayed case of shock.
As soon as you are safely back home then call an accident solicitor and get some advice. Accident Advice Helpline have someone waiting to take your call twenty four hours a day seven days a week so there is never an inconvenient time to call. They will discuss your accident with you and offer a thirty second test to decide if you are eligible for a claim. They will also use their compensation calculator to offer you an estimated payout should you win your case. Remember this is an estimate only and not a guarantee. They have been helping people pursue injury claims for over ten years and have the support of well known TV personality Esther Rantzen. You can call them on 0800 689 0500 from your landliner or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 8th August 2013