Suffering an accident on the roads is upsetting enough. Finding out that the accident was someone else’s fault is even worse. You may know right away at the scene that another driver is at fault and that you will want to start a road traffic accident case with an injury lawyer in Settle. However, there is no point in shouting at people — the best plan is to stay calm and collect whatever information you need. Then, as soon as you are able, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and get one of our road traffic accident experts to handle your claim for you.
Why do I need evidence from the scene of a road traffic accident?
When your personal injury lawyer in Settle starts to prove that the person from whom you are claiming is at fault for the accident, they will have to present whatever evidence they have to prove this. Evidence will be in the form of a statement from you and other witnesses. Therefore, it is very important to not let the witnesses leave the scene without first collecting their contact details. It is also a good idea to start your claim right away, as witnesses can sometimes move house or change their telephone numbers before they are contacted by your injury lawyer in Settle regarding your road traffic accident claim.
Photographs and sketches from the scene can also be a useful way of showing what happened. Sometimes it is possible to tell from the positions of the vehicles involved who was to blame for the accident.
If you cannot prove who was at fault, then you cannot make a claim for compensation – you make the claim from the person who was at fault.
Finding who was to blame for the accident
The personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are experts in proving who was to blame for accidents. There are a few factors that are common to many accidents. Our personal injury lawyers see them time and time again in road traffic accident cases.
One of the most common factors is excessive speed. If a motorist was driving at an excessive speed, then it may be possible to prove that they were at fault for the accident. It is generally acknowledged that driving at excessive speeds is dangerous and puts other road users at risk. There is no fixed definition of excessive speed; different speeds would be deemed appropriate for different weather and road conditions. In the winter, when the roads are icy or covered in snow, only very slow speeds would be considered safe. It is also necessary to travel at lower speeds in built-up areas where there are a lot of pedestrians.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown