Would you know what to do if you have a car crash? It can be difficult in traumatic circumstances to know how to behave. Yet, if you’re involved in a car crash that is somebody else’s fault, having the presence of mind to take careful note of certain particulars and gather all available evidence could help you to claim substantial personal injury compensation, both for your injuries and any expenses that you may incur.
What to do if you have a car crash
The experienced legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can help familiarise you with what to do if you have a car crash so that you have the strongest possible case if you need to make a compensation claim.
The law requires anyone involved in an accident to stop and give their details. You should take steps to alert other road users to any remaining danger by using your hazard lights and a warning triangle where appropriate if you’re not able to get your car off the road. If anybody is injured, the police must be informed. You are also obliged to tell your insurance company about any accident or your policy may be invalidated.
If you are able to take photographs of things like damage to vehicles, skid marks on the road and the final position of the vehicles, this can help immensely if the case later goes to court. In any event, write a full description of what happened as soon as you can after the incident while you remember all the details clearly. You may also find it helpful to make sketches, especially if you were not able to get any photographic evidence.
Do make sure that you get medical attention, even if your injuries don’t appear to be serious. Symptoms of some injuries, such as whiplash, which is common in car crashes, can sometimes develop over a period of days or weeks so you need to make sure you are properly assessed at the outset. This also creates an important medical record which will be required if you wish to pursue a claim for compensation.
If there are any expenses as a direct result of the accident, keep all receipts. These may include vehicle repairs or towing, travel expenses while your car is off the road, overnight accommodation or the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments. Your solicitor may be able to claim back some or all of these expenses on your behalf.
Contact our expert team
When you’re ready to think about your next steps, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. You’ll have a free initial chat with our friendly, professional advisers who can tell you whether you may be entitled to compensation. They can give you further guidance about what to do if you have a car crash. There’s no obligation to proceed and no risk if you do, as all cases are dealt with on a no win no fee basis. So if you’ve been affected by a car crash in the last three years, call now on 0800 689 0500.