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Car accidents can be shocking and for those unlucky enough to be involved in one, it’s really important to know what to do. Here is my essential checklist of the things that need to be done when a car accident happens.
Stop & Call Emergency Services
Even if you feel you are to blame and have the impulse to just keep going, don’t. Failing to stop, when involved in a car accident is illegal, so make sure your car engine is switched off, and your hazard lights are on. Then look around to see if anyone else involved is injured or in need of help and call the emergency services as soon as possible. Even if everyone looks perfectly ok and an ambulance is not necessary the police will still need to be called out to deal with any debris on the road and any necessary traffic diversions.
Providing & Collecting Details
You will then need to give your details, not just to the other party or parties involved but also to the police as well. Make sure that, even if you think the accident is your fault, you are not too apologetic or immediately assume the responsibility as that can definitely be used against you if the accident ends up down a legal path and you are getting sued for compensation. Therefore stay calm and only provide the details that the police, or other parties ask for. You will also need to make sure that you take the details of all the other parties involved. With the shock involved with a car accident it is easy to feel confused and not to be sure about what needs to be done. So make sure that you remember that you will need to take everyone’s details before leaving the scene.
It is worth bearing in mind, that even if you don’t call the police at the time, all accidents need to be reported to the police within 24 hours. Failure to do so, may result in a fine or penalty points so make sure you are vigilant about reporting any accidents you are involved in.
Organise A Claim
If the accident was not your fault, then you may be eligible to make a claim in order to receive some compensation. Therefore you will need to contact a local solicitor’s office to organise an appointment or a conversation over the phone, to discuss the details and talk through what you may be eligible for. Whiplash injury claims
, for example, are really common, so if you are suffering from whiplash, the chances are you’ll be in a good position to seek some sort of compensation for the pain and trauma you have suffered as a consequence of your accident.
There is also other information
that could be really important for you if you’re ever involved in a road accident. Make sure you are writing down the following where possible; the number plates of the other drivers, a sketch of the accident scene, paying special attention to the details of what happened, time and date of the accident, a description of the weather condition and a list of damage done to your and the other vehicles and injuries sustained by the other people.