50 million people worldwide are injured in road traffic accidents. Analysts of this type of road accident report that children and young people are most at risk from injury and death on the roads and the accident rate is significantly higher in poorer countries that have more older vehicles on the road and less habit of using their seat belts and observing other safety rules.
What are the rules in case of a traffic accident?
- By law in the UK, the driver must stop if involved in a collision with another vehicle, or street furniture, for example a lamp post or bin and damage results or if a person or animal is injured in the accident.
- The driver must give his name and address to the other driver, so all parties must exchange details.
- The driver must make a road accident report to the police within 24 hours, or immediately if the injuries are serious or there is a fatality.
Who makes the road accident report?
In the case of road traffic accidents, if police are called to the scene, they will make their own report. If the accident has happened at the work place and there is a safety officer, he or she will make the accident report. In the UK, firms, educational establishments and organisations are required by law to make an accident report, so if there is no safety officer, then one of the staff must do it. Most firms have a dedicated report book for this purpose. Certain types of accidents must by law also be reported to the local authority or to the Health And Safety Executive.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident or at work, and it was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. We work in partnership with around 200 legal experts who can prepare your case and help you win the compensation you deserve. If your claim is eligible, we will ask you for details of your injury and by comparing it to similar cases we have processed, estimate what your claim might be worth. If you decide to go ahead, we will refer you to one of our partner firms who will advise you on your case. Take the 30-second online test to see if you are eligible and start your claim online.
Facts About Accident Advice Helpline
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Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: David Brown