On this page you will find details of the procedure you need to follow after an accident in order to complete the car accident compensation claims process successfully. As soon as you believe you have been involved in a car accident you must stop immediately at the scene because this is a legal obligation for anyone who has been involved in a vehicle related incident. Even if you believe the accident was not your fault, you still have a responsibility to stop at the scene.
Once you have stopped your car, you need to assess the scene of the accident and determine if any of the people involved in the incident have sustained a serious injury – if any serious injuries have been sustained it is extremely important you contact the emergency services and request an ambulance is sent to the scene. At the scene of the accident you must not admit liability or responsibility as this could affect your eligibility to initiate car accident compensation claims proceedings.
If no one has been seriously injured at the scene of the accident you need to move on to exchanging details with anyone else who was involved in the incident. You need to obtain the name(s), address(s) and telephone number(s) of anyone else involved in the incident along with their insurance details and car registration number(s). If possible you need to make a note of the make and model of their car.
After you have exchanged details with the other party(s) involved, you need to take photographic evidence of the accident scene and pictures of any damage that has been caused to the vehicles involved. By taking photographs of the accident scene, including the resting positions of the vehicles, you are ensuring that your position, in terms of starting the car accident compensation claims process, is secure and there is much less chance of the responsible party denying liability if you have this important evidence.
If anyone witnessed your accident you need to obtain their name(s) and contact details – eye witness statements may provide the evidence you need to prove your road traffic accident claim if there is a dispute over the cause of your collision. Once your obligations have been fulfilled at the scene of the accident, you need to visit your GP or attend the hospital to make sure your injuries are being treated and managed correctly. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may go unnoticed within the first 24 hours so, as soon as symptoms present themselves you need to seek medical attention.
If you would like to start the car accident compensation claims process, it is extremely important that you contact your insurance company and informing me that you have been involved in a collision. Again, even if the accident was not your fault, it is usually a requirement of your insurance policy that you inform your insurers immediately if you have been involved in a collision. Make sure you keep a diary of your physical and psychological injuries following the accident and, in addition, keep a detailed record of any expenses you incur as a result of either being unable to work or needing treatment for your injuries.
Your next step should be to consult a personal injury law firm about your claim for car accident compensation – this is strongly recommended as a reputable firm of solicitors will ensure you receive the maximum level of compensation available for your car accident injuries.