Things to consider if you have suffered a road traffic accident
It’s listed as one of the top ten most stressful incidents you can suffer. And yet 68% of adults in the UK hold a full driving licence. We become so used to driving that we forget the damage and carnage that a car can inflict. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
To claim road traffic accident compensation in the easiest way possible, you need help and support from compensation experts and professional legal advice. They will construct your compensation case to put to the other party, as well as looking out for your needs and making sure that you are given the time and space you need to concentrate on recovering from your accident. There are a number of things you can do to help prepare for your compensation case though. So to give you a head start, we have put together a short guide on things to think about if you are caught up in a road traffic accident.
Involvement in a road traffic accident – what to do and what not to do
If you are involved in a road traffic accident, you are likely to be shocked and disorientated. But if you are able, doing some of the things listed below can make things easier for you later on:
- Always seek medical attention if you need it. If you are not able to phone an ambulance yourself, try and signal a witness to help you.
- Try and make sure that you are in a safe place. If you are in the path of traffic, try and get help to make yourself as visible as possible to avoid any further accidents. Use car hazard lights and, if it’s dark, headlights.
- Call the police and ask them to attend. Police should always attend a serious road traffic accident – they help to protect you and other road users from further harm. The police will record the incident. Make sure you ask them to keep you fully informed of the case.
- Try to take the details of any witnesses, including name, mobile number, address and, if they are willing, place of work – anything that makes it easier to get in contact with them at a later date.
- If you are able, take photos of the scene and of the person responsible for your accident.
After your road traffic accident – preparing for your case
After your accident, you probably just want to recover, which is of course your main priority. But as soon as possible, make detailed notes on the accident. You may think you will remember, but memories fade. Note the time and place of the accident, the weather, the road conditions, anything unusual happening. Try to remember what other traffic was on the road and describe exactly what happened in the moments before, during and after your accident. Be as specific and detailed as you can, as this will all help your solicitor to build a strong case.
Then as soon as you’re able, call Accident Advice Helpline and let us take your case forward for you. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 26th January 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims