How to Seek Compensation Following an Accident
In an emergency, many of us have a tendency to panic and freeze up than do what needs to be done and, if you get involved in an accident on the road or at work, that is the last thing you should be doing. Don’t panic and follow these steps if you are involved in an accident on the road and make a claim for compensation.
If you had an accident while on the road, then you need to stop your car right away. If possible, park your car out of the way of traffic, but if it is too damaged to be moved or there is too much traffic stopping you from parking your car, then remain in the car and turn on your hazard lights. Do not attempt to get out of the car until traffic has been brought to a stop and the coast is clear. But, if you have been severely injured – if it is painful or difficult to move – then do not attempt to get out of the car. Many people don’t realise the extent of their injuries until later and straining yourself so soon after an accident could mean that you do additional damage to yourself.
The next thing you need to do if the accident is severe enough is to contact the emergency services. If anyone involved in the accident has been injured then you will need an ambulance. If the accident is blocking traffic you should also contact the police to help divert traffic until the accident site has been cleared.
Document the damage
If the accident was only minor then after checking to make sure that you and anyone else involved is okay, you need to begin documenting any and all damages. Using your camera, your phone, or a piece of paper and a pen, document damages done to your vehicle and any public property you may have damaged. No detail is insignificant as everything will be necessary information should you file for an insurance claim. If possible, you should also try to get information from any witnesses.
Documenting these details and dating is also vital in the instance of you being involved in a ‘crash for cash’ scam. In these scams, drivers purposefully hit your car and ask you for your insurance details to pay for the damages. However, when it comes to making a claim, they will accuse you of causing expensive damages that you were not responsible for. If you are concerned that you may have been a victim of such a scheme, it is perfectly reasonable for you to contact the police and withhold your insurance information until they arrive. In order to avoid such scams in the future, you may want to install a dash cam in your car to capture the details of any crashes or accidents you may be involved in.
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can make a claim to receive compensation. If you are uncertain about what you are entitled, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline for free advice and a personal injury lawyer service should you need it. With compensation, you don’t have to worry about racking up bills and costs while you recover from your ordeal. With the details that you document after your accident, you stand a good chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.