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Accident on the Road - Steps You Should Take

Accident on the Road – 6 Steps You Should Take

If you have been involved in an accident on the road, there are 6 steps that you should take to ensure your safety and your ability to make a claim.

 It doesn’t matter if you were a pedestrian, travelling in a car, on a motorbike or a bicycle. As long as the accident was not your fault then you are likely to be eligible to make a claim. If you follow the steps addressed in this guide you will be putting yourself in the best possible position in order to be able to claim compensation. 

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

1. Get the Contact Details of People Involved

You should take the contact details of people who were involved in the accident, as well as the contact details for any witnesses to the event. This includes noting down their name, address, phone number, insurance details, and registration number. This helps to solidify your ability to make a claim as every party who was involved in the accident, as well as their insurance company, is reachable. You should also take photos of the accident scene, as well as photos of any damage to the vehicles, as this can later be used as evidence.

2. Notify the Appropriate People

If you are injured in an accident on the road it is vital that you notify the appropriate authorities as soon as possible. This might include the police, your insurer and your doctor. 

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3. Reporting to the Police

If it is a serious road traffic accident that resulted in injury, the police should be called to the scene and you should provide them with your account of what happened. If you have been seriously injured you may not be able to make the report immediately, but you should do so as soon as you are well enough. Even if no serious injuries occurred due to the accident, it can still be useful to file an accident report to keep a record of the event.

4. Report to your Insurer

In a lot of cases, claims for accidents on the road will be done through your insurer. You must make sure that you report the accident to them as soon as possible, even if it was not your fault. This is because they will still need to keep a record of the accident on file and it will help at a later date when wanting to claim if they were already aware and updated about the incident. 

5. Personal Injury Solicitors

If the accident wasn’t your fault and you were injured, you should contact us as soon as possible. Normally personal injury cases have a three-year time limit, starting on the date when you were injured, for when you can make a claim. Therefore, it is advisable that you contact us as soon as you feel ready. Advice about the amount of compensation you can seek for your specific case, as well as the validity of your claim will be given. 

6. Seek Medical Attention

If your accident was very serious, it is likely that you will have been taken to the hospital. However, if your injuries were only minor it is still important to pay a visit to the doctor as soon as you can. Not only will this help keep a record of your injuries, which can later be used as evidence to help your claim, but some injuries are not always immediately apparent after an accident. Whiplash and many head injuries are not immediately obvious for example. Therefore, by visiting a doctor you are helping your case and making the best possible choice to ensure you don’t suffer further unchecked damage. 

Making Personal Injury Claims

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. 

First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury. 

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

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