Have you been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault?
With the increase in the number of cars on the road, it’s inevitable that at some point you will be involved in a car accident. No matter how careful or vigilant you are, you cannot always foresee the actions of other drivers. The carelessness and negligence of other drivers could result in a car accident. Injury compensation can be claimed if you suffer personal injuries as a result.
Common causes of car accidents:
- Drink driving
- Careless, reckless or aggressive driving
- Failing to look properly
- Loss of control
Other causes also include using a mobile phone, eating or drinking whilst driving and reading whilst driving.
So why should you pay for someone else’s mistakes? If you have been in a car accident then injury compensation solicitors can help you recover your losses.
Common car accident injuries
Injuries sustained in a car accident will be dependant on the nature of the accident. It will include factors like speed of the cars, position that the car was hit in, even the make and model of a car.
Here is a list of injuries commonly caused by car accidents:
- Slipped disc
- Head/brain injury
- Broken bones
- Psychological trauma
What to do if you are involved in a car accident:
- Remain calm
Don’t panic or get angry. You need to think clearly and calmly.
- Check if you have injured yourself
Do not move suddenly, you may aggravate an injury. Put your hazard lights on. Slowly undo your seatbelt and attempt to get out of the car. If you are unable to do so and have a mobile phone, call the emergency services.
- Stand in a safe place
When you have exited the car, get off the road and stand on the pavement, out of the way of oncoming traffic.
- Get the details of the other driver
Take note of the car make and model, registration plate and colour of the vehicle. Take the details of the driver, including name, address and insurance details. If the driver is unwilling to give you the details or is being aggressive, then call the police.
- Take the accident details
This includes witness details, name of the road and location on the road where the accident happened. Also note down the time and driving conditions.
- Seek medical assistance
If you are injured, seek medical assistance from your local GP or accident and emergency department. Of course, if your injuries are serious, miss out the steps above and get emergency help straight away. Your health and safety comes first.
- Contact the Accident Advice Helpline
We provide free advice on how to claim car accident injury compensation. We will also put you in touch with car accident injury compensation solicitors who have specialist knowledge in personal injury law, including injuries caused by car accident.