4 Steps to Car Accident Compensation Claim Success
If you have been involved in an accident, even a minor one, it is often difficult to know what to do next, and who to contact. Camps Solicitors, the firm behind the One Call Sorts All accident management service (www.onecallsortsall.co.uk), have handled 10ís of thousands of claims over their 25 year history. Using our extensive experience we have put together this brief guide to the first steps to take after being involved in an accident; on the road, at work, or anywhere. Getting as much information as possible is vital to any compensation claim, and by bearing these points in mind, you can help to increase the chances that any claim you might make is a success.
Details, details, details!
It almost goes without saying, but after making sure everything getting the details of anyone else involved in your accident should be one of your top priorities after an accident. In fact, driving away after a road traffic accident, even a minor one, without giving the other people involved your details is a criminal offence. Basic details to get off other motorists, pedestrians and passengers includes; name, address, contact number, their insurance company details and the registration number of any vehicles involved.
Can I get a witness?
If there were passengers, pedestrians or other motorists who saw the accident then you should get their details so that they can be contacted later to provide witness statements. Evidence from a witness can be a great benefit when making a claim, because it no longer means that it is your word against that of the person responsible for the accident. In most cases witnesses will give written statements so they wonít have to worry about turning up at a court.
Get it on file
If youíve been involved in a road traffic accident where you, your passengers or anyone else involved has been injured then you should always report it to the Police. If your accident took place on a major road there could be a risk of other vehicles becoming involved if there is wreckage on the road. If the other motorist was uninsured, then claims made through the Motor Insurers Bureau always need to be reported to the police. Alerting the police early on also means that they will take a record of your accident which can be used as evidence that it took place.
Not only is it a good idea for your own health to seek medical attention after an accident, but getting your injuries recorded early on will also help any personal injuries compensation claim you decide to make. When you go for your doctors appointment, make sure to mention every symptom you are suffering from, and that you agree with what your doctor records; it is more difficult to claim personal injuries compensation if you have no medical record of the injuries to back up your testimony.
For more information on the services OCSA provides to the victims of non-fault accidents, visit the accident management website at wwww.onecallsortsall.co.uk
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