A road traffic accident investigation usually takes place after an accident in which injuries were involved. If someone is injured, the police have to be informed and they will attend the scene to make a road traffic accident investigation, and complete an accident report.
These reports can form part of the evidence in a personal injury compensation claim, as they often apportion the blame. This can be a huge help if the guilty party contests the claim, as can a Health and Safety Executive report if someone is injured in an accident at work.
Evidence other than a road traffic accident investigation report
If you are involved in an accident, which you consider to be the fault of some else, and they agree it was their fault, the personal injury claim is fairly straightforward. But if they contest the fact that they were to blame, you need as much evidence as possible to build your case.
Of course the road traffic accident investigation report can be vital, but there are other things that can help, such as:
- The statements of witnesses. If anyone saw the accident happen, ask if they will make a witness statement. All you need do is take their name and phone number and Accident Advice Helpline will do the rest.
- Photos of the accident scene. Most mobile phones have a camera facility, and if you can take photos of the accident scene these can be very useful. Skid marks, positions of the vehicles, damaged street furniture and any other photos you think might help.
- Medical reports. Reports from the doctor that treated your injury will be needed to prove that you are not just saying you have an injury you do not have. Some victims are asked to attend an independent medical assessment, and this can only help speed up your claim.
- A diary of your injuries. Keep a note of how your injuries are progressing, probably every few days is enough, and maybe take photos of their progress as well.
When the accident happens, try to stay calm as frayed tempers only exasperate the situation, and people say things they shouldn’t. It is not unusual at all for a driver to admit liability at the scene, and then contest the claim.
Making your claim
The solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline are used to dealing with contested claims, and manage to settle most of them before they reach court. Very few of our claimants actually have to visit a courtroom, as we endeavour to keep this stress away from you.
For the same reason, we work on a no win no fee* basis, so that you do not have to worry about financing your claim. As you do not need any money to start your claim, or if your claim is lost, finances do not have to be a consideration when you are deciding to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 8th June 2014
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims