After an accident you will need to inform the police that the accident has occurred one way or another, and you will need to do it within 24 hours.
The best way for you to go about speaking to the police about your accident is to call them to the scene, where they can make a full police report which will help you to prove that you were not at fault in the accident if you want to make road accident claims in Oldham later on.
You should speak to the police at the scene and give a full statement, trying not to leave anything out, so that the police report is as thorough as possible. Here are some of the things you should tell the police.
Nothing but the truth
There may be elements of your own side of the story that you don’t want to tell the police as it paints you in a bad light. If you were on the phone or going a little too fast then this does not make you look great. However, if you lie about these facts and then the police find this out by checking CCTV or speed cameras, it will put the rest of your story in doubt as well, so tell the whole truth.
What was happening running up to the accident
Although the details of the actual accident are important, it is also important for you to mention what was happening in the run up to the accident as well, as this helps them to build a complete picture of the accident, allowing them to decide who is most likely at fault for what happened.
What other factors may have contributed
The accident you were involved in may clearly be the fault of the other driver, but the fact that the roads were slippery, it was foggy or there was something in the way may also have contributed. Make sure that you mention all of these things so that they are also in the police report, as it builds a full picture of the accident and should match up with what the other person tells the police.
How to make road accident claims in Oldham
When it comes to making road accident claims in Oldham, you will want to make the process as quick and simple as possible. 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 get advice about making a claim. The team will help you to decide whether or not you want to make a claim for compensation and, if you do, will be able to pass you over to experienced injury lawyers who can make your claim on your behalf.
Date Published: 3rd June 2015
Author: David Brown