If you’ve suffered as the result of a road accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation in the form of a personal injury payout. Of course, you don’t have to have been in a car to be involved in a road accident. Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are all entitled to compensation if they’re injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Hundreds of people are killed on the roads every year and many of those that survive can be left with horrific life-altering injuries. For this reason it’s vitally important to make sure you get proper legal assistance to secure a compensation package that covers every eventuality:
To make a successful claim, you will have to prove that the other party was negligent and that your injury or any damage to your vehicle or property was caused by that negligence.
The steps you take immediately following a road accident could be crucial to the success of your claim. Obviously, if you’re injured or shaken, you may not be able to take the most appropriate action, however, for minor incidents, these tips will help you when it comes to making a claim:
Make casualties your priority - If appropriate, call for an ambulance and police. Bear in mind, that in a minor accident where there are no casualties, little damage and vehicles aren’t obstructing the road, the police may not be able to attend.
Exchange details with the other party - Details should include name, address and telephone number, vehicle registration number, if applicable, and insurance details.
Stay calm - Try to avoid confrontation. At this stage, do not apportion blame and never make an admission of guilt.
Take photographs – If possible, take photos of the scene and any vehicles involved. If you don’t have a camera, jot down details such as the vehicle make and model, registration number, colour, damage incurred and anything other relevant notes that could help your case.
Witnesses - It’s important you try to secure the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the incident.
Get in touch with your insurers as soon as possible and call the road accident team at Bartletts Solicitors on 0800 988 3674. If you’re been injured you can always start the procedure by sending us a message by filling in the form here.
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