31 Jan 2019

Five Things You Need to do After a Car Crash

A car crash can be an extremely traumatic event, one that can turn your life upside down in both the short and long term. There's a lot to think about and do in the aftermath of a crash, starting with making sure that you, your passengers, and any other road users are okay.

If everyone has escaped without serious injuries, and the accident was not your fault, then the next thing you need to think about is getting the compensation you deserve. This isn't a case of thinking about financial reward, rather compensation is there to help you repair your car, pay for any medical costs that arise as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, and cover loss of earnings should you be unable to work for a while.

With that in mind, here are five things that you should do following a car crash. Some of these actions will help form the basis of a compensation case, while others are required by law. Either way, it's best to know the procedure just in case.

1. Stop your car

It probably seems like a no-brainer after an accident, but it is important that the first thing you do is to bring your car to a complete stop, apply the handbrake, and switch off the engine before removing the keys. You should also turn on your hazard lights as a warning to any motorists approaching the scene.

2. Call the authorities after a crash

There are several scenarios where you must involve the police. If the accident is causing a roadblock, if you suspect that the other driver caused the collision on purpose, or if they flee the scene without exchanging details then you should contact law enforcement immediately. Once on the scene, they can help to determine the cause of the collision, arrange help for injured parties, take statements, and determine who is at fault. If there are any injured parties, then you should also request ambulance assistance.

3. Exchange details

Assuming that you and the other party are both committed to resolving the issue properly, the next step that you should take is to exchange details. Swapping and sharing information, such as your name, address, contact numbers and insurance details, is standard procedure, and is required by law as it will ultimately allow the insurance companies to calculate the effects of the incident on premiums.

4. Document the scene

Following a car crash, you should document the scene as best you can as a matter of course. Taking photographs is arguably the most accurate way to represent the crash site, but if you are unable to then making notes and even drawings can be acceptable. This evidence can be crucial in proving fault, as well as securing vital compensation as part of a non-fault accident claim.

5. Speak to witnesses

If possible, you should speak to any other road users, passengers or onlookers who saw the crash as it happened. Obtaining witness statements from multiple sources is another way to support your claim, and can speed up the process of securing you a settlement much faster.

So, there you have it, that's everything that you need to do following a car crash in order to stay legally sound and potentially secure a compensation settlement.

If you are the victim of a non-fault accident, then get in touch with Winn Solicitors. Personal injury specialists, the team at Winns work on a no win, no fee basis to get you compensation, alongside any repairs and medical treatment that you might need. 

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