Claiming compensation after a car accident

by Krantcents · 9 comments

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If you’ve been in a car accident, obviously your immediate concern is getting medical treatment for you or for anyone else involved in the accident. Making sure everyone is safe is your top priority. But once medical treatment has been received, the real cost of being injured in an accident becomes apparent.

You may not be able to work. You may be paying out in terms of medical bills and even travel expenses getting to and from your appointments. So, what do you do? Do you just suffer in silence, or do you try and claim for compensation? Car accident claims are commonplace in the UK, so if you’ve been injured and it wasn’t your fault you can make a claim.

Here’s what you should do.

Contact personal injury solicitors

If you suffered injury following a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to bring a personal injury compensation claim.

The first thing you should do is contact personal injury solicitors with experience in this area of the law. They will then bring the claim against the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident. This could be the driver of the other vehicle ( if you were driving and not at fault); or the driver of the car you were in (if you were a passenger and they were at fault).

In many instances your legal team will represent you on a no win no fee basis, meaning if you don’t win, you don’t pay their costs.

Make sure you do all you can to help

Getting in touch with personal injury solicitors might be the first step to securing compensation, but there are things you can do immediately after the accident to help with the success of your claim.

These include:

  • Exchanging names, addresses, phone numbers, registration numbers and insurance company details with the other person  involved in the accident
  • Identifying  whether the driver of the other vehicle is also the  owner
  • Taking down a description of the vehicle – including year, make, model, colour and damage sustained – if you can’t get all of these, note down as much as you can
  • Making a record of the exact location and how it happened – try and take photos if you can
  • Taking down the names, addresses and contact details of any witnesses
  • Informing the police – they don’t attend car accidents if there is no obvious sign of injury, but it’s still worth having a record as it may play a part in your claim
  • Get in touch with your insurance company as soon as possible and report the accident
  • Seeking medical attention as soon as possible

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Rohit @ The Money Mail November 7, 2012 at 1:13 am

Thanks for the informative article. There is little information available on how to go about making claims after a car accident.

Krantcents November 7, 2012 at 6:53 am

You’re welcome. It always best to avoid accidents, but it does happen.

Buck Inspire November 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hope it never happens, but if it does, I will definitely refer to this post. Better to be informed than ignorant. Thanks KC!

Krantcents November 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Accidents and disasters at some level are unavoidable! Better to be prepared than not.

Untemplater November 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

Having smart phones can come in so handy in any kind of accident. We can take pictures of damage, license plates, the people involved, the location, and it’s so easy to get in touch with the police and insurance folks quickly.

Krantcents November 8, 2012 at 6:57 am

Very true, although a regular phone works too.

chris November 24, 2012 at 4:35 am

I think that the very first thing that we need to do in case we are in this situation is to seek medical help. We would not be able to do anything else if we do not make sure that we are safe.

Krantcents November 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

Absolutely. The next steps relate to taking care of property, but safety of the occupants is always number one.

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