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Road Accident Claims

Despite the fact that the UK has some of the safest roads, accidents still happen and, if you’re involved in one that’s not your fault then why should you have to pay for it?

Thanks to ever improving safety features like air bags and crumple zones driving has become a much safer activity in recent years. However, it really doesn’t matter how safe your driving is because you can never predict other people’s next actions.

Just like any other type of injury, if you’ve been injured in a road accident then you’re entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. As soon as you’re able and are over the initial shock of the accident, you should start gathering evidence that will help your case. It’s worth collecting evidence even if your injuries are what you would consider to be trivial, because even the smallest of injuries have the potential to affect your life in a huge way.

What should you do?

If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident then there are certain rules you should follow. After the accident, if you are able, you should make sure that everyone in the vehicle is okay. Even if everything appears fine, it’s still important to be checked out so you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure you’ve received no internal injuries. Seeking medical attention straight after the accident will also provide vital evidence that can be used in your compensation case.

Remember that there are certain instances when an accident MUST be reported to the police:

  • If someone has been injured in the accident
  • If damage has been caused but another party involved in the accident failed to stop
  • If damage has been caused, all parties involved stopped but personal details were not exchanged

Evidence

A lot of the time, after a road traffic accident, the blame is obvious and the party at fault will offer to settle the case outside of court. However, sometimes things don’t run so smoothly which is why it’s essential to collect as much evidence as possible in order to aid your case.

CCTV – You have a right to request a copy of any CCTV footage that you appear on. You should formally request this from the owner of the CCTV; sometimes they will be obvious as it’ll be owned by the business that the camera is attached to. If it’s not then the owners name should be printed on the camera and you should request the footage in writing. Legally, this footage must be provided within forty days of the request.

Hospital Records – You should keep a note of all hospital and GP visits that have been made in relation to the accident. Record any treatment or medication that has been necessary as a result of the accident as all of this will be used to demonstrate the extent of your injuries and treatment to a court.

Photographs – If you’re able, it’s good to take photos of the scene of the accident. As time passes your memory is likely to fail you when it comes to remembering important details about the scene of the accident. Photographs on the other hand, can also be used by legal professionals to establish the exact position of the vehicles, the direction they were travelling and where vital witnesses were standing.

Details – Again, if you are able, you should take down the names, addresses, insurance details and registration numbers of anyone involved in the incident. You should also take down the details of any witnesses as these could prove vital for your case. It’s really important to note down the registration numbers of each of the cars involved because, even if people were to give you false information, this will enable you to trace the owner of the car.

Receipts – You’re likely to incur a number of unforeseen expenses as a result of the accident, so you should keep a record of all of these. Keep public transport tickets, if you’ve been left unable to drive, receipts for prescription charges and a recording of any lost earnings as a result of having time off work.

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