Avoid getting angry after minor road traffic accidents
There is very little for you to worry about after a minor road traffic accident in Eastbourne, as long as you and the other driver have both stopped and passed over your insurance and personal details, then the issues should be fairly simple to iron out. Where things can go drastically wrong after a road traffic accident in Eastbourne is when one or both drivers gets angry with the other and begins a fight.
This can make the accident much worse and cause yourself or your car more damage, or make it very difficult for you to claim compensation or insurance payouts later down the line. Here are some ways to stay calm and avoid an argument.
- Take a moment. Before you go and approach the other driver for anything, even just to check that they are ok, take a moment, breathe and relax. If you go straight over to them with your adrenalin pumping, you are much more likely to approach them in an aggressive manner, which could lead to an argument.
- Keep contact to a minimum. Approach the other driver with your insurance and personal details, and wait for them to offer their own in return. Try not to engage in conversation, which could quickly turn into an argument about who was at fault.
- Call the police. The other driver is much less likely to start an argument with you if the police are involved, so call the emergency services as soon as the accident happens and let them mediate.
- Refuse to be provoked. If someone is blaming you for an accident it is normal to get angry. You should try to avoid being provoked at all, even to just protest your innocence. Speak in calm tones and stick to the facts.
Claiming compensation after a road traffic accident in Eastbourne
If you feel that your road traffic accident was caused by the negligence of the other driver, although you should not say this to them at the scene you should definitely consider making a compensation claim later down the line. You can make compensation claims for a road traffic accident in Eastbourne, or elsewhere, which happened up to three years ago so you don’t need to make a claim right away.
Do be aware, however, that if your claim is not started within the three years after your accident that you may not be able to get the compensation you deserve. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the friendly team about your accident, and get help putting a strong case for compensation together. Afterwards an experienced lawyer will handle your case on your behalf, to get your claim processed quickly and easily.
Date Published: 20th August 2014
Author: David Brown