On the 19th of August 2014 a coach carrying 53 people crashed on the M5 in Gloucestershire, but luckily no one seemed to be seriously injured. This, it was explained, was because all the passengers were wearing seatbelts, and certainly after road traffic accidents in Gloucestershire and elsewhere there are fewer casualties than there were before the seatbelt law came into force.
Gloucestershire attracts many tourists, both domestic and foreign as the Forest of Dean and parts of the Cotswolds are within the boundaries of the county. People go to Gloucester to see the cathedral and others visit the Cheltenham Festival and the other race meetings held at Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire. Unfortunately though, as in every other part of the country there are road traffic accidents in Gloucestershire.
Road traffic accidents in Gloucestershire
If you have been injured in any of the road traffic accidents in Gloucestershire, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. If you are thinking of doing so you should bear in mind that you will need to prove that you were not to blame for the accident, and also to prove that it was another person’s fault. To do this you will probably need the services of a personal injury solicitor who is an expert in handling claims for clients who have also been injured in road traffic accidents in Gloucestershire or elsewhere.
What should I do after a road traffic accident?
If you were driving and crashed into a pedestrian, another vehicle or an animal you must stop. Find out if anyone is injured and call an ambulance if they are, as well as the police who must be informed of any accident within 24 hours. However, if you call them at the time of the accident it would be best. They will write a report which will be needed in a claims’ case.
If you are injured, seek immediate medical treatment, as your medical record will be needed if you make a claim.
Don’t apologise in any way to other people involved in the accident, as sometimes it is natural for people to say ‘sorry’ even though they are not at fault.
As soon as you can after the accident, you should inform your insurance company of it. If you have been unlucky enough to have an accident with an uninsured driver, you may still be able to claim compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. You need to find a lawyer who will help you file your claim, and to do this you can call us at Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time on one of our freephone numbers for information and expert legal advice about any potential injury claim. From a landline dial 0800 689 0500, or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not start the claims ball rolling by calling us now?