In the world of statistics, the chance of an individual being involved in a car accident is relatively high. The figures become even more depressing if we put it this way…one in three people will at some point encounter a serious car accident and seek the help of a no win no fee solicitor. Almost everyone will know what it is like to have their vehicle damaged from behind. Whilst we are aware of the risks involved with driving a motor vehicle, very few of us know what to do when a road traffic accident takes place.
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After an accident, there are certain matters which have to be addressed immediately. This secures the chance of an acceptable pay out. Ensure that everyone involved is properly attended to. It is not advisable to perform CPR or any other form of first aid unless properly trained as we could cause more harm than good. Call 999, take a few deep breaths and let the experts deal with the medical side.
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Never leave the scene of an accident, doing so could be deemed a criminal act. This could cause you to forfeit your rights in respect of damages. If the accident was your fault, it is still advisable to remain at the scene until the police arrive and give you the ‘all clear’ to go.
Never admit to being at fault for anything. If you feel that you did something which may have contributed to the accident, keep it to yourself. When people are in shock, they often panic and blurt things out which should stay under their hat. Do not speak to anyone at the scene about liability. Just relay facts to the officers, nothing more.The only person you can be totally open with is your no win no fee solicitor.
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Become the hunter and gatherer of information. Seek the names and addresses of everyone involved including passengers and witnesses. Check and double check names and telephone numbers as it is vital that you get this right. These people will have to be tracked down later so take the time to dot your I’s and cross your t’s. If you cannot understand a name or spelling, take contact details from the driving licence.
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Do not assume that you are in A1 health simply because you feel absolutely fine. If the medics want to check you over, allow them to do so. If for any reason you feel unwell during the days or weeks that follow, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible or head to Accident and Emergency for immediate treatment.
Finally, do not be persuaded to sign anything unless instructed to do so by a no win no fee personal injury lawyer. Do not trust anyone to do the right thing in such a situation, the only person you should put your trust in is your lawyer. If you require any further information with regard to a road traffic accident, Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted on: 0333 500 0993 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: 6th March 2014
Author: David Brown