If you’ve been in a road accident in Gateshead, you’re definitely not alone. Whilst Great Britain has a good road safety record, a lot of people get injured on our roads.
In fact, in 2012, according to RoSPA figures, there were over 195,000 road casualties in Great Britain. That figure includes more than 1700 deaths. The rest are figures for people who were either slightly or seriously injured.
Bear in mind that many accidents go unreported, of course, so the figure could be much higher.
What to do if you’re in a road accident in Gateshead
When most people have had a road accident in Gateshead, their immediate concern is for their safety and that of others. Getting away from the busy road is at the forefront of your mind, as is making sure you can walk.
If there are any injuries, to you or anyone else present, the police should be called – and the ambulance, if necessary.
After that, you need to gather people’s contact details – the other driver and any witnesses. Get the driver’s insurance details, too.
Make sure you take photos if at all possible – capture the damage to your car, any damage to street furniture, and the conditions of the road at the time. If you can’t do it there and then, go back as soon as possible. Later, take photos of your injuries, too.
Why you need to gather evidence
If you’ve suffered injury in a road accident in Gateshead, and it wasn’t your fault, then you could claim compensation. Collecting evidence will help your claim!
Start a file. Put your photos in it, as well as any recollections from the accident (note these down as soon as possible, when your mind is fresh). Also keep records of your medical treatment, and receipts for expenses incurred as a result of your injury.
You can claim for the injury, as well as loss of earnings and expenses for services such as a home help or childcare. It’s best to keep everything – your 100% no-win, no-fee solicitor will know what is relevant to the claim.
The claim will most likely be processed over the phone, with no need for a court appearance, although you will need to go for an additional medical test.
How to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve been in a road accident in Gateshead, give us a call as soon as possible. Our lines are open and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors who will take your details in confidence and treat you with empathy and sensitivity.
Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010.
Why you should choose Accident Advice Helpline
We have been practising personal injury law since 2000. Since then, we have grown to become one of the largest law firms in the UK, and we have Dame Esther Rantzen as our patron.
These achievements have happened because we have operated on a foundation of integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability from the outset. This makes our clients happy, and it makes us happy.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now and begin your claim!
Date Published: 22nd March 2014
Author: Emma Matthews