Ouch! Been seriously injured in a road traffic collision? Need to find out more about claiming personal injury compensation?
There are times in our lives when we may be left feeling out of our depth and uncertain of how to proceed. Suffering an accident or incident which leaves us injured, through no fault of our own, may be one of these situations. Not only might we be left with painful injuries that may mean that we have to take a long period of time off work, but we may also incur financial stress and debt as a result.
If you, or some one close to you, have sustained painful injuries as the result of a car accident in Perth, or elsewhere, that was caused through no fault of your own within the last 3 years, then you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your injury.
Causes of road traffic accidents
- Failure to obey road markings and road signs
- Driving at excessive speeds for the road conditions, volume of traffic and weather conditions
- Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving without due care and attention
- Failure to give consideration to other road users
- Failure to identify other road users approaching
- Mechanical failure of the vehicle
Injuries caused by road traffic accidents
Injuries may be serious including:
- Soft tissue injury such as sprains and strains
- Broken, fractured or dislocated bones
- Internal injury
- Bleeding and lacerations
- Neck injury
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal injury
- Fatal injury
At the scene of a car accident in Perth
If you are at the scene of a car accident in Perth, whether or not you are involved or if you were the potential cause of the accident occurring, it is important to stop at the scene. This is a legal requirement if you have been involved in the actual accident, however, as a passerby it is important to stop and check for casualties.
- Make the scene safe. Turn off engines and switch on hazard lights to warn approaching road users of your position on the road.
- Check for casualties and make them as comfort as possible.
- Ring the emergency services to notify them of the accident, the location of the accident, the number and severity of the casualties and your mobile number.
- Monitor the casualties and provide first aid if required.
- Ask someone else to direct the oncoming traffic to avoid further collisions and accidents occurring.
- Reassure the casualties that assistance is on its way.
- Report to paramedics the condition of the casualties and inform them of the cause of the accident and what happened as a result.
- Exchange details such as name, address, contact details, vehicle make, model, colour and registration as well as insurance details to all other relevant parties involved in the accident.
- Make a sketch of the location of the vehicles, direction of travel and note the road conditions, weather conditions and time of the collision for insurance purposes.
- Report the accident to your insurer as soon as possible.
Date Published: 14th June 2014