Women driving alone – what to do after a car accident or breakdown
As a woman driving alone, you are much more vulnerable after a Dumbarton car accident or breakdown than people travelling in groups or a lone male. Many criminals are opportunistic, and if they see a lone woman stranded after a car accident or breakdown will see this as the perfect opportunity. There are, however, things that you can do to make yourself less of a target and reduce the risk that anything worse will happen to you than the situation you are already in.
- Make sure you have a phone. Always charge your phone before you set out on a journey, so that you can call for help if you need it. It may even be useful to carry a spare, charged mobile phone with you for emergencies.
- Keep emergency items in the car. This includes a coat, some spare change and a torch, which will help you to get help and keep warm whilst you wait for it.
- Wait for help somewhere safe. If your car has broken down on a dark side street, walk away from it and get to somewhere light and busy where you can feel safe standing on your own. It is better that your car is broken into than you are attacked.
- Keep doors locked if you stay in the car. If you break down somewhere remote, then stay in the car and lock all of the doors and windows, which should keep you safe if someone comes by. Don’t open a window or door for anyone, unless they are police or emergency services.
- Get out of the car on a motorway. If you break down on a motorway, get out of the car and retreat past the barriers, so that you are not at risk from passing cars.
How to claim compensation for a Dumbarton car accident
If you have been involved in a Dumbarton car accident which was not your fault, and was clearly caused by the negligence of the other driver, you should be in a great position to make a claim for compensation. Compensation can help you to heal after your Dumbarton car accident in many ways. Firstly, it helps to pay for time off work, help around the house and even medical bills, so that your accident doesn’t ruin you financially. Secondly, it provides a sense of emotional closure which will help you to get past the accident much more easily.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your accident and get help deciding whether or not you have a good case for compensation. If you do then you will be passed over to our experienced personal injury lawyers, who can make a start on your claim right away.