You will often see a road accident in pictures on the TV news or in the newspapers, usually because they involved someone famous or were unusual in some way.
But the ones reported in the media are a tiny percentage of the accidents that happen every day on our roads. The newspapers would have no room for anything else if they reported all the ones that happen, all you would see is pages and pages of a road accident in pictures.
The government estimates that over 500,000 road traffic accidents happen every year, and that equates to 10,000 a week!
Can you imagine the TV news trying to report on all of those? It would have to be screen after screen of a road accident in pictures, because they would not have any time to talk about them as well
The outcome of road accidents
In many road accidents there are innocent victims, people injured through no fault of their own. The injuries sustained in road accidents can be very serious and in fact to the year ended March 2013, nearly 200,000 of them were so severe that land or air ambulances had to attend.
There were also many minor road accidents, ones where the victims injuries did not need them to be rushed to hospital, but painful and sometimes disabling just the same. An example of this would be whiplash, the most common of all road traffic related injuries, or it could be a broken arm or something else similar.
No matter what your injuries are, if the accident was the fault of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.
Gathering the evidence to make a personal injury claim
If the other driver admits the accident was their fault, there should not be too much of a problem claiming compensation. If however, they refuse to take the blame, you will need as much evidence as possible to prove you were not at fault.
Most people these days have a mobile phone, and most mobile phones have a camera function. Make sure you know how it works on your phone, so that if you are injured in an accident, you can take photos to help strengthen your case. Photos of the road conditions, positions of the cars, damage to the cars, your injuries, in fact anything you think might be useful when you present your road accident in pictures to Accident Advice Helpline.
They will also need the details of the other driver and of any witnesses there may have bee. A medical report will be required and a copy of the police report that should have been compiled could prove useful.
Speaking to Accident Advice Helpline
When you have everything together, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for help to claim the compensation you are entitled to. We have the knowledge and experience that you want on your side when fighting a claim, and we will handle it in such a manner, we will keep it stress free for you.
As we operate on a no win no fee basis, you need not let finances stop you from making a claim, you will not need any money for the work to be started, or if the claim is lost.
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 18th March 2014
Author: David Brown