Claiming for road traffic accidents
Although there are plenty of scenarios which can give rise to a compensation claim, a large number of people need to take legal action because of road traffic accidents. Unfortunately, road traffic accidents are particularly common and they result in numerous injuries each year. It also means there are many innocent accident victims claiming for road traffic accidents.
With strict Highway Code rules, traffic laws and mandatory driver testing, you may be wondering, ‘how do road traffic accidents happen?’ Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for people to get hurt on the roads.
Whilst there are a small number of drivers who may ignore speed limits and drive recklessly, many road traffic accidents are simply caused by minor driver errors. If a driver fails to indicate, for example, other road users may be unaware of their intentions and this could result in an accident occurring.
Similarly, drivers may fail to see cyclists or pedestrians on the carriageway and this could cause a collision. In serious cases, a driver swerving to try and avoid an accident may end up on the wrong side of the carriageway which could result in a multi-vehicle collision.
What to do after a road traffic accident
Most drivers would know what to do after a road traffic accident and that how you react to will normally depend on how serious it is. If you, or anyone else, have sustained serious injuries, you may need to call the emergency services. Treating injuries from road traffic accidents can be time-sensitive so it’s extremely important to get help as soon as possible.
In many instances, the police will also need to be called to the scene of the accident. In addition to providing initial medical assistance, police officers will be able to examine the scene of the accident and close the road, if it is necessary to do so.
If you’re able to, you may want to try and access the contact details of any witnesses at the scene as well. Their statements could be useful if you decide to make a compensation claim at a later date but, of course, your injuries may prevent you from doing this in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
Claiming compensation with Accident Advice Helpline
The injuries caused by road traffic accidents can vary dramatically which means that compensation awards tend to vary as well. When you’re awarded compensation, your injuries will be assessed, any expenses you’ve incurred will be taken into account and the long term effects of being involved in road traffic accidents will also be considered.
If you’d like to know how much compensation you could receive for your injuries, take our 30-second test today.
Alternatively, to find out more about making a successful claim or to learn about the cost of claiming for road traffic accidents, contact Accident Advice Helpline now.
Our personal injury team are always on hand to assist new claimants and we’ll be able to provide any help you need. Just call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile today.
Date Published: 8th October 2012
Author: David Brown