With a residential population of well over half a million, the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield is unfortunately no stranger to accidents on its 1,200 miles of roads.
Within the local authority area, for example, while fatal accidents were down in 2012 to seven from nine the year before, and slight injury road accidents dropped from 1529 in 2011 to 1490 in 2012, serious injury accidents rose from 153 in 2011 to 173 in 2012.
These accidents occurred despite a spend on road safety of over £3m in 2012.
So, just as anywhere else, you have to be careful on the town’s roads. But, however safely you travel, accidents can still take place.
As well as leaving you badly shaken, a road accident can leave you with a range of injuries, from minor whiplash to something as life-changing as a permanent disability.
If you are unlucky enough to have been a driver, pedestrian, passenger, motorcyclist or cyclist and involved in an accident for which you were not to blame in the last three years, you may be legally entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
There are things you can do to maximise your chances of a successful claim, including:
- Getting the contact and insurance details of the other parties involved
- Keeping receipts for extra expenses like hospital parking or bus fares as evidence
- Taking photos at the scene where possible
- Seeking medical attention for injuries as soon as possible
- If the other party is not properly insured, flees from the scene or says the vehicle they are driving is a stolen car, report the accident to the police right away
Need vehicle accident advice in Sheffield?
If you are looking for vehicle accident advice in Sheffield, you may think of calling a local firm of personal injury lawyers. But at Accident Advice Helpline, we have 14 years’ experience in this area of the law and experience in dealing with all kinds of accidents, including road traffic collisions.
With strong industry accreditation, and the support of consumer champion and TV star Esther Rantzen, we’re in the best possible position to support you at what’s likely to be a stressful time.
Get vehicle accident advice in Sheffield – call us in confidence 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or take our 30-second online test to calculate how much your claim may potentially be worth. We work on a no win no fee* basis, so starting your claim will be totally free of charge.