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Following a car accident, what should I do?

When you have just been involved in an unfortunate accident, the first thing that most likely comes to your mind is shock. Obtaining details from the other party is probably the last thing on your mind at that point.

However, as stressful a time as it may seem with panic kicking in, it is vital that you are able to compose yourself and obtain the key information which would be needed for you to help with your personal injury claim if you did ever decide to make a claim down the line.

If you did decide to pursue a claim for personal injury sustained as a result of the accident, your specialist personal injury solicitor will need to bring together the key facts of your accident so that they can indeed prove the accident was not your fault and this helping you to obtain full amount of compensation you deserve. By managing to gather as much evidence as possible on the scene, this would indeed aid your personal injury solicitor in putting in a strong case on your behalf.

To find out if you could make a case or free general advice, our accident claim specialist advisers are here to help on 0203 813 9654. Our advisers are always here to put your best interest first and will assist you in any way possible.

What information should you obtain?

Here at Claim Line 365, we fully well now how scary and traumatic this experience can be. With time going by, it can easily happen where you forget key information if you ever decided to pursue a claim for personal injury.

As a result of this, whether you would wish to claim straight away or some time in the future, we strongly advise you make notes from the scene of the accident. The more information you have recorded, the easier it will be for your personal injury solicitor to put forward your case to the other party when making the claim.

Below you will find a list of details which you should prioritise when taking down information relating to the accident:

  • Taking down the other driver’s registration number is probably the most important thing to note at the scene of an accident. Drivers involved in an accident usually also exchange names, telephone numbers and insurance details. Please do attempt to note these down too. In some instances, a driver may provide a fake name or contact details. But having their registration number will assist some way in helping to find out the other driver’s actual information.
  • Gathering names and contact details for all witnesses who saw the accident take place. These could be random passers by or other fellow motorists. This is vital for your case if, just in case, the other driver makes up a whole different scenario to perhaps make it look as though you were at fault. Independent witnesses can be crucial in your claim for personal injury so taking down their details is very important.
  • Take photos of the accident scene and write down a full description of how the accident took place. Making a sketch of the accident is also advised as insurance companies usually can ask for this in case of a claim.

Always pull over after a road accident

After an unfortunate accident, it is advised that you both pull over in a safe and clear space so other traffic is not hindered as a result of the collision. Of course, if there have been any injuries as a result of an accident, you have to legally stop. This rule also applies if an animal has been struck or property has been damaged.

Usually when a collision has occurred, if a driver feels they were at fault, they will more likely than not apologise at the scene. However, this can hinder your claim if the insurance company uses your apology against you and try to prove this as a clear admission of liability. So it is best not to apologise in some cases and just exchange details.

Getting medical assistance

With injuries sustained as a result of an accident, it is important that you seek medical attention. Make an appointment with your local GP or the hospital. It is advised to seek medical attention and like we say, it is better to be safe than sorry, as you may have been injured without realising it straight away.

Injury symptoms as result of whiplash can sometimes take hours or even days to be felt, while more serious injuries such as fractures and internal bleeding may need a thorough check from the doctor to be diagnosed.

Visiting the hospital for appointments or physiotherapy, chances are you will be spending money on travel and medicine so it is advised to keep all receipts of any expenses you may have paid for. These monies are recovered for you by our personal injury solicitors. After an accident, chances are it would have affected your work schedule so keep a note of any days or even weeks taken off so any loss of earnings can also be recovered.

Making a compensation claim

Being involved in a road traffic accident which was no fault of your own, then a personal injury solicitor may be able to help and assist you in getting compensation.

The solicitor will make sure this is of minimal hassle to you and carries out all of the work on your behalf. When you have been involved in an unfortunate scenario involving a road traffic accident, the stress can be overwhelming and the last thing you want to do is handle a pile of paperwork. The solicitor assists in getting this done for you and allow you to wait for the compensation to be paid so you can move on from this often harrowing experience and rebuild to a better future.

The amount of compensation you receive is worked out on the extent of the injury as well as any loss of earnings you may have suffered from. In addition to this, any other expenses you have suffered such as damage to personal belongings as a result of the accident or medical bills are also added to your final compensation sum.

To find out whether you could claim, please call a member from our personal injury specialist team for a free no-obligation consultation on 0203 813 9654.

 

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