There are several things that you should do in the event of a road accident, to ensure that the situation is able to be dealt with swiftly and easily, and that you are able to make any road accident claims in County Durham or insurance claims that you need to.
Obviously it is natural for you to be stressed and in shock at the scene of a road accident, but after you have taken a moment to calm down it is important that you do all of these things at the scene, or you risk not having a very strong case in the future.
What you need to do
Get third party details
Whoever you were involved in the accident with needs to give you their details, just as you need to give them yours, so that you are able to put these down when you are making insurance and compensation claims.
Notify the police
You can either call the police to the scene where they can make a police report there and then, or you can go and speak to the police up to 24 hours later to let them know of the accident and who was involved. It is best to speak to the police if there is any dispute about the accident and who was at fault.
See a doctor
Injuries from road accidents can often take days to appear, particularly if you are suffering from whiplash or head injuries. For this reason it is important that you see a doctor as soon as you can so that they can check you over thoroughly and provide you with a medical assessment.
Keep a record of your costs
This includes things like receipts from taxis to hospital appointments, garage receipts or a note of loss of earnings. All of this can be used to get you more compensation.
How you can make road accident claims in County Durham
If you want to make road accident claims in County Durham as quick and simple as possible then you should work with experienced injury lawyers, who know the law better than you and are able to put together the strongest possible case for a successful claim.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, or you can text “claim365” to 88010 to speak to the team about your accident and find out more about the claims process. You are under no obligation to proceed after this initial conversation but, if you do decide to go ahead, you will work with injury lawyers on your claim. These lawyers will aim to get your case settled quickly, meaning that you may not even have to go to court.
Date Published: 16th May 2015
Author: David Brown