Nobody really knows how they would behave in a car accident. Even when you haven’t been badly hurt, the shock involved can leave you feeling slightly confused and bewildered for some time. However, provided there’s been no serious injuries that must be dealt with first, there are certain essential things you need to do after a car crash. So it’s a good idea to keep a list in your car so that nothing essential is overlooked in the heat of the moment.
Immediately after the accident
Here is some of the information you will need to collect, preferably while still at the scene of the road traffic accident:
- It’s important to get the contact details (names, addresses and telephone numbers) of any witnesses, and try to write down a very brief synopsis of what they saw
- If you have a camera handy (it’s worth keeping a disposable one in the car for just this purpose) then take as many pictures as you can of the accident scene
- If you don’t have a camera, then sketch the finishing positions of the vehicles involved in the accident
- If someone has been hurt, you must report the accident to the police immediately (by not doing so you could be breaking the law)
- Write a brief statement of what happened from your point of view while it’s still fresh in your mind
- Never make any comment about who was to blame for the accident to the other people involved.
- And make sure that you get all the details of all the other people involved in the accident
In the days following the car accident
As soon as you can over the next few days, you should contact your insurers with the details of your car accident. Keep a diary of any expenditure associated with the incident and details of any injuries that emerge or treatment that you receive. It’s important that you keep all receipts and bills.
If you’ve been hurt
If the car accident wasn’t your fault and you’ve been hurt then you have the right to make a claim for accident compensation. The Claim Solicitors are a personal injury solicitor specialising in making compensation claims. We have an excellent success rate in all the cases we bring, and we work on your behalf on a no win, no fee basis (click below for more details). Call now for impartial, no-obligation advice on 0800 197 32 32 or fill in your details on the online assessment form above. See No win, no fee for more information