Suffered an auto injury in the UK – 5 Key things to do after a car accident
We all hope it will never happen to us, but if you are involved in a car accident, there are 5 key things to do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident, however severe or minor it may be.
Check nobody is hurt
The most important thing to do first of all is to establish if anyone in a vehicle or on the pavement has been hurt. People are far more important than cars and should be the first priority. If you think medical attention may be required, call 999 immediately.
If you are uninjured but your car is blocking the road or causing an obstruction somehow, get out of your car and stand clear of the accident site to exchange details with the other driver. If there is a lot of damage to the cars or property such as lampposts or garden walls, it is wise to call the Police on the non-emergency number and ask them to attend.
A car accident is a traumatic event and you may find it hard to recall details after you are back home. Take pictures of the accident using your phone from a variety of angles showing where the cars ended up and to give a general indication of the road conditions such as ice or fog. Photographs do not have to be professional quality but just need to be clear enough to tell the story of what happened.
Speak to the other drivers involved in the accident and get their names, addresses, registration number of their vehicles and details of their insurer if possible. Phone numbers are also useful. If drivers refuse to give details, ask the Police to intervene.
Make your claim
As well as claiming for the damage to the car, if you have been injured, speak to the Accident Advice Helpline about putting in a claim for an auto injury in the UK. Accident Advice Helpline are the foremost experts when it comes to making a claim for an auto injury in the UK and will quickly and simply explain to you whether you have grounds for compensation and can agree to work with you on a no win, no fee basis which makes your compensation claim totally risk free. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 1st August 2013
Author: Jan Newell