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Home » Latest News » Have you been involved in a road traffic accident?

Have you been involved in a road traffic accident?

Have you been involved in a road traffic accident?

Personal Injury lawyer advises people to get this information at the scene.

Anyone who has been involved in a road traffic accident, however small, will know that in the immediate aftermath you are not doing your clearest thinking. Shock can set in, tempers can flare, and if anyone has been unfortunate enough to be injured then that will take precedence over anything else.

So, what would a solicitor advise that you do in this crucial window of time immediately following the accident?

Firstly, stop and stick on your hazard lights, it is an offence to keep driving.

Next, make sure that there are no injuries to you, your passengers, or any other people involved. If anyone has been hurt then call for an ambulance to attend – it could be more serious than you realise so leave that to the professionals. Ensure that everyone is a safe distance from the road and wait for the police to attend and assist (to contact the police, use 101 or 999 depending on the severity of the crash, and the disruption to other road users).

Once you and everyone involved are safe then this is the information you should try to collect:

  • Statements from witnesses who saw the event take place. Make sure you get their names and contact details, it is also worth asking them to describe what they saw while it is still fresh in their minds – you could ask them to do a voice recording if they are willing - if it is practical for witnesses to wait and make reports to the police you should encourage them to do so.
  • Photos of the vehicles involved, their number plates, and any skid marks or damage to private or public property. It may be that you never need to refer back to these images – accidents are rarely investigated in depth unless there are casualties, there is contention about fault, or if anyone involved is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Weather information - use a weather app on your phone and screenshot the current weather where you are – is it raining? Is it below freezing? Where is the sun in the sky? Make a note of the time the accident took place.
  • The contact details for the other drivers and passengers involved; make sure that they have your details too. It is also worth identifying the other car drivers’ insurers, and whether they are the registered keepers of the vehicles involved in the accident.

It is often in the days following a road traffic accident where symptoms of whiplash and muscular pain start to become obvious, this is not something that always instantly has an effect – the adrenaline from the shock of your accident is likely to stop you feeling any minor pains for some time in the aftermath. For small claims, we can assist you in making a portal claim, this is the fairly simple process used to make personal injury claims for minor injuries and the great thing is that it won’t take up much of your time and they generally don’t take very long to settle.

If you win a personal injury case then you can expect enough compensation to put you back in the financial position you would have been, had it not been for the crash. So, if you are forced to be absent from work for a month, have to pay for a private physio, and assistance with childcare those expenses would be built into your claim.

At Bridge McFarland LLP we have represented hundreds of individuals affected by road traffic accidents, be them car drivers, cyclists, pedestrians or motorbike riders. We are very proud of the fantastic results that we obtain for our clients, and our no-win no-fee agreements mean that you would not need to pay anything to contact us and start a claim.

Get in touch with our expert team based across Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire today: https://www.bridgemcfarland.co.uk/personal-injury-solicitors