If you’ve never been involved in one, you may wonder exactly how does a car accident occur. That’s a difficult question to answer as every accident naturally involves different drivers, different locations and different weather conditions. All of these things can be a factor in a car accident. However, most accidents are put down to driver error. Not paying attention, often caused by using a mobile or other device, eating, putting on make-up etc., are all major causes of a car accident.
What to do in the event of an accident
If you’re reading this after the event then you will already know what to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident. In the immediate aftermath you need to take care of yourself and anyone who may have been injured. That will involve calling paramedics. You should also inform the police as they will need to clear the road and create diversions where necessary.
Assuming you are able, it’s a good idea to record the details of the other people and vehicles involved, and take photos if you can. Collect the names and addresses of any witnesses as this will be useful for evidence when it comes to making a claim. You should also inform your insurance company, as they will need to recover your vehicle and either begin repairs, or write the car off.
Once all this is in hand you can contact a law firm to start the process of making a claim for compensation, as long as the accident was not your fault, for the injuries you received. This is where Accident Advice Helpline can be of assistance.
Getting your injuries assessed
It is really important that you have your injuries assessed by a medical expert at the earliest opportunity. This can be via paramedics at the scene, at a hospital, through your GP, or a doctor at a walk-in centre. Having your injuries on record will help when you make a case for compensation. Given that the symptoms of car accident injuries will vary dramatically from victim to victim, it makes sense to have the injuries recorded on your medical records.
Treating car accident injuries can be an involved process. Did you have to remain in hospital or was there a period of convalescence at home? What follow-up was needed? Did you have surgery or undergo a medical procedure? Did you have whiplash? Perhaps you needed treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. People rarely consider the long term effects of being involved in a car accident. These are all useful things for us to take into consideration when we’re working on your behalf.
Making a claim
Claiming for a car accident through Accident Advice Helpline is extremely straightforward. Call us now from your landline on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You will speak to one of our personal advisers who can offer further advice about making a claim for injuries received in your car accident, and explain the cost of making a car accident claims with us. Call us today.
Date Published: 14th November 2011
Author: David Brown