Do you understand the law relating to Road Traffic Accidents? What would you do if you were involved in one?
If you are a driver and have approached one of the injury solicitors in Totnes to make a claim then they will need to make sure that you complied with the following guidelines.
Injury solicitors in Totnes – The Driver
A driver involved in a traffic accident should stop whether or not the accident was their fault if:-
- anyone, other than themselves, is injured; or
- another vehicle, or someone else’s property, is damaged; or
- an animal in another vehicle or running across the road is injured; or
- a bollard, street lamp or other item of street furniture is damaged.
If you have to stop, you must remain near the vehicle long enough for anyone who is involved directly or indirectly in the accident to ask for details. This could be, for example, the owner of an injured animal, a relative of someone who is injured, or the police. The driver must then give their name and address, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle (if the driver is not the owner), and the registration number of the vehicle.
The driver also has to report the accident to a police officer or at a police station, in person, as soon as practicable and in any case within 24 hours. This duty arises whenever the driver has not given their name and address at the scene of the accident, whether or not they were asked to do so.
If any personal injury is caused to another person, the driver must also produce a valid insurance certificate if asked to do so by a police officer, injured person, or anyone else directly or indirectly involved in the accident.
In all cases the insurance company of both parties should be notified as soon as possible.
Were they legal?
One of the things that the injury solicitors in Totnes will be concerned with will be the legality of the other driver involved in your accident. They will need to know the following:
- Driving alone on a provisional licence
- Driving without a driving licence, tax or insurance
- Driving while disqualified from driving
- Driving a stolen vehicle
- Driving an unsafe vehicle (the police would be able to ascertain this)
- Driving a car without an MOT certificate
- Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Anyone driving illegally will be in no position to make a claim against another driver but you are still able to process a claim against them.
What do I do?
Once you have made sure all of the legalities are in place following your accident you should get advice from a legal firm that has experience in personal injury compensation claims. Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience in such matters and is available to offer you help twenty four hours a day seven days a week. We offer a one hundred percent No win No fee policy to all our clients and will be able to advise you from the very beginning what your claim chances are.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile).
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Date Published: 23rd February 2014
Category: Legal Services
Personal Injury Solicitors in Totnes
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