Have you been involved in a road traffic accident? If so, you will probably realise that you could be entitled to compensation, so long as the incident was not your fault. However, if you are not familiar with claims for Surrey Heath road traffic accidents, you may be feeling at a bit of a loss regarding where to start. But, don’t panic, as that is what Accident Advice Helpline is here for. Read on to discover the steps you need to take if involved in a road traffic accident.
Surrey Heath road traffic accidents and compensation claims
If you have been injured in a Surrey Heath road traffic accident and want to claim compensation, there are a few things you can do to help your claim along.
- Get medical assistance – There is only one place to begin and this is with the fact that you simply must see a doctor if you want to have any chance of making a claim. If you don’t, how are you going to prove that you were injured in the first place? The medical professional you see will put together a report once they have seen you and this will state the extent of your injuries and the treatment plan you need to follow, which will then be used to determine how much compensation you will get.
- Get contact details – You are advised to get the contact details of the person that caused the incident, if they have not fled the scene. You will need their name, address, telephone number and the details of their insurer. It is also worth jotting down the make and the model of their vehicle as well as the registration number. Did anyone witness the accident? If so, get their contact details too, as witness statements can really help to strengthen your case.
- Contact the police – It may be necessary to call the police in some instances. If the perpetrator has fled the scene, you definitely need to report this to the police, as a hit and run is a criminal offence. Is the crash posing a threat to oncoming traffic? If so, you need to report it to the police too.
- Keep proof of expenses – If you have been injured, it is highly likely that you are going to be subject to some expenses, such as medical costs, loss of earnings, travel costs, counselling expenses and vehicle repair costs. You will be able to claim for these when you make your claim so long as you have proof.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
It is as easy to contact us as it is to make a claim with us. All you need do is call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 19th August 2014
Author: David Brown