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How to claim for a road traffic accident

Apr 11, 2016 | Blog

Russell Worth Personal Injury Blog:

How to claim for a road traffic accident

If you, a friend or family member has been involved in a road traffic accident it can be a frightening experience, regardless of whether or not you have been injured. There are many different types of road traffic accidents including car crash, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. If you are unfortunate enough to be have been involved in a road traffic accident read on to find out how to make a claim.

What should you do immediately following the accident?

If you are able to take the following steps after an accident you will increase your chances of making a successful claim in the future. For a claim of any type, bear in mind that there needs to have been negligence on the part of a third party which has resulted in the accident and your subsequent injury.

1. Call the emergency services. This is obviously the most important step following any road traffic accident. Everyone’s safety is paramount and emergency medical attention should be the first consideration. From a claim point of view, having a police record of the event will assist.

2. Keep calm. This is probably easier said than done but panicking will not achieve anything and only make a stressful situation worse. Staying calm will give you a clear head in order to deal with the situation in the best way possible.

3. Third party details. Try to obtain the name and contact details of the driver of the vehicle which has caused the accident. The make, model, colour of the car together with their insurance details will be useful.

4. Witnesses. Should there be a dispute about the accident circumstances it is useful to have details of any witnesses who would be able to give a supporting statement if required.

5. Photographs. If possible take photographs of the scene of the accident. Pictures of damage to vehicles is useful and will assist your claim for a replacement vehicle/repair costs.

6. Written record of incident. When you are able, usually when you get back home, write down your account of what happened. It can be difficult to remember precise details at a later date.

7. Records. Try to keep note of everything which may assist your case. For example; dates and times of hospital/doctor appointments, travel costs to medical appointments, prescription costs, time off work/loss of earnings. The more evidence you have to support your losses the more chance you have of recovering them from the other side.

8. Call Russell Worth on 0800 028 2060. We have been successfully acting on behalf of clients since 1997 and are here, 7 days a week, to help you secure the compensation you are entitled to.

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If you have been injured and would like a free Claim Assessment so that you can discover your rights, please call us now on 0800 028 2060 or complete our Online Claim Assessment.

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