Take action after an accident
When you’re involved in an accident when you least expect it, you are usually pretty shaken. After all, it is a very traumatic experience. This makes staying focused really hard, but staying focused is extremely important because there are things you will need to do.
There are also things that you should do after the accident when the shock has passed like call a personal injury lawyer Southampton for professional advice on starting a compensation claim, but first things first.
Get professional help
This might seem like the obvious thing to do, but when involved in an accident, many people tend to panic or just freeze and shut down completely. It is imperative that you remember to call an ambulance and police no matter what happened and how bad it is.
You should also make sure that everyone is alright and give first aid if needed.
After you’ve called for help and everyone is being taken care of, it is time to gather as much evidence as you possibly can. It is a good idea to take some photos and if you don’t have a camera, draw a sketch of what happened while the memory is still fresh in your head.
You should also gather the details of all eyewitnesses who saw the crash. The information you will need includes full name, address and phone number.The pictures and eyewitnesses will help you prove later that the accident wasn’t your fault.
You should also look around for cameras that might have captured the accident. Make sure you retrieve the footage by asking the owner of the camera. If you’re having problems getting the CCTV footage, you can later call a personal injury lawyer Southampton who will handle this for you.
After an accident things can get a little intense especially when it’s not your fault. Remember to stay calm and not get involved in arguments or fights. This will only make your situation worse later when claiming compensation. It will most likely be used against you in court.
Regardless of how mad you are, you should still make sure all parties involved in the accident are okay and do all you can to help if help is needed.
Call today for free help and advice from your personal injury lawyer in Southampton
If you have been in an accident and you need legal advice about starting a compensation claim you can call our personal injury lawyer Southampton or take the “30 second test” to find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation and approximately how much you can expect.
You can also reach Accident Advice Helpline on: 0800 689 0500 from a land-line or: 0333 500 0993 freephone from your mobile.
You can also reach Accident Advice Helpline 24/7 by texting ‘CLAIM365’ to 88010.
Date Published: 31st May 2014
Author: David Brown