If you have been unfortunate and been caught up in a road traffic accident, you’ll mostly likely be shaken up. Therefore is handy to have a guide that tells you exactly how to deal with a road traffic incident.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, however minor, you will need to ensure you take down some information prior to leaving the scene, and then keep a record of information listed in this blog. This will aid the processing of your road traffic accident claim.
What to do as soon as you realise you’ve had a car accident:
- Use your hazard warning lights to warn other traffic
- Ask drivers near you to switch off their engines
- Move uninjured people from the vehicles to safety
- Do not move injured people from the vehicle unless they are in immediate danger from fire or explosion
- Stay calm and safe, don’t admit responsibility and observe your legal obligations.
- Take photographs of your car, and the other person’s car
- Take their information and exchange yours
- Look around to see if there are any witnesses to the car accident and ask them for their details
- Don’t remove a motorcyclist’s helmet unless essential
What are your legal obligations if you’ve been in a car accident?
If any of the following occurs you must stop and provide details to anyone with reasonable grounds for asking for them. This includes not only when you are directly involved in an accident, but also if your vehicle’s ‘presence’ was a factor:
- A person, other than yourself is injured
- Damage is caused to another vehicle or to someone else’s property, including street lamps, signs, bollards etc
- An animal (horse, cattle, sheep, pig, goat or dog) has been killed or injured, except in your own vehicle or trailer
Get independent legal advice
Even if you think your claim is straightforward, you should get specialist legal advice from someone like JMR solicitors. We started off as personal injury claims specialists and then expanded to other areas of law. We’ve handled hundreds of cases successfully. Consulting us for your car accident claim means it will be dealt with efficiently and with expertise and that you receive what you are entitled to. This is especially important if you have an injury.
Tell your insurance company that you’ve had an accident
Your insurance policy will state that you must notify your insurer of any accidents you are involved in as soon as possible – even if you are not planning to claim compensation for the accident.
Keep records and receipts after your car accident
After the road traffic accident, it’s important to keep your receipts for repairs and a note of any other expenses because of this accident. For example, medical prescriptions, taxis for appointments or phone calls that are connected to your claim.
If you have an injury then we recommend you keep note of how it has progressed or how long it took to get better. For example, noting down things like “unable to go to the gym today due to my accident” or “Finding it hard to sleep” “Sick Leave duration” etc. JMR solicitors can let you know exactly what kind of things you can keep a note of after your accident.
Seek medical advice if you are injured
If you decide to seek medical advice and help from your GP or medical professional, then you may want to take down the name of the person who treated, examined and advised you. Your solicitor may need to contact them for medical records to support your claim.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
JMR Solicitors offer a no win, no fee service, so you can pursue your case with peace of mind.
If your road traffic accident claim is successful then your opponents will generally pay most of your legal costs, in addition to the compensation payable to you.
Call JMR Solicitors for legal advice on 0161 491 3933 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the next vital steps to claiming compensation for your road traffic accident.