Motorways are fast-moving, multiple-laned thoroughfares, connecting cities across the length and breadth of Britain. They are used by many road users including cars and lorries, mainly for longer journeys to minimise the amount of time it takes to get from A to B.
Accidents are quite common on motorways due to high speeds, high volumes of traffic, and occasional mistakes by drivers such as tiredness errors, lack of observation, or careless manoeuvres.
If you have been involved in or have witnessed a road traffic accident on the M1, it is important you take action to ensure that the accident victim is able to gain compensation.
I have witnessed a road traffic accident on M1 – what should I do?
If you have seen a road traffic accident on the M1, then your role of a witness is an important one. The accident may have happened to the car in front of you, or it may be that you were standing on a bridge and saw the crash take place from your clear vantage point. If it was clear that the accident was caused by one specific vehicle, your help in apportioning blame is an important part of the claims process, which one party may be entitled to. It is important to remember that this is not a malicious attempt to blame a particular driver, but instead a helpful measure to allow the injured party to receive compensation.
If the injured party does not request your contact details outright, offer your information to them and assure them that you are able to help should they need verification that the accident was not their fault for compensation purposes.
I was involved in an accident on M1 – how do I make a claim?
If your accident happened within the past three years as the result of another driver, and resulted in the need to be seen by a medical professional either at a surgery, clinic or hospital, you may be entitled to receive compensation. To double-check, you can use an online tool such as the Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second test, which will confirm your eligibility for compensation as well as returning figures of possible compensation amounts, depending on the severity of your condition.
If you are well and capable, make sure that you take as much information from the scene of the accident as possible. Your memory of the events may become hazy, so information such as photographs on your phone, contact details of witnesses and other parties involved, and the vehicle registration of the other driver will all help you to piece together the accident and subsequently make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has a team of highly trained advisors who will listen to and document the details specific to your accident on M1. They will then find the specific legal help you need for the best possible outcome, passing your case to a trusted legal expert with experience in road traffic accidents and motorway accidents in particular. Working on a no win, no fee basis, you can have peace of mind that your need will be championed throughout the entire process. Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th January 2013
Author: David Brown