It is not something we like to think about, but road traffic accidents do happen, and when they do it is vital to know the steps that you need to take to ensure you prevent an already bad situation from getting even worse. Keeping that in mind, read on for top advice after a car accident in Thanet.
Advice after a car accident in Thanet
Here are the steps you should take if you have been involved in a car accident, and it was not your fault.
- Get professional medical assistance – The first thing you need to do is take care of yourself. No matter how minor or serious the crash may have been, it is vital to see a doctor who can check you over and assess the extent of your injuries. This is also essential if you are thinking about making a claim because the medical report provided by the doctor is the most important piece of evidence and without it you will struggle to make a claim.
- Call the police – In some instances, it is necessary to call the police. This includes incidents involving crashes that are extremely serious, any incidents whereby the perpetrator has fled the scene and accidents that are causing a blockage in the road.
- Collect details – After you have called the police, you will need to get contact details from the person that caused the accident as well as anyone that witnessed it. When it comes to the person that is responsible for the crash, you will need their basic contact information, i.e. their name, telephone number and addresses, as well as the details of their insurer. It is also advisable to make a note of their vehicle make, model and registration number.
- Take photographs – In some cases it can help to strengthen your case if you take photographs of anything relevant. This includes photos of any damage to your car or the street as well as photos of your injuries.
- Keep proof of costs – Not only will you be able to claim for the suffering your injuries have caused but you will also be able to claim for any costs you have encountered because of your injuries. This includes the likes of loss of earnings, vehicle repair costs, travel expenses, medication costs and counselling expenses. You will need to ensure you have proof if you are to claim for any of these.
How to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
Call, text or complete the handy 30 second calculator on our website. The details you need are:
Helpline numbers: 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
You can try the quick and easy 30 second test on our website.
Or why not text ‘Claim365’ to 88010?
Date Published: 20th September 2015
Author: David Brown