5 Things NOT to do Following a Serious Road Accident

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With over 187,000 road collision casualties per year, and over 20,000 of those involving serious injury, our chances of being involved in a significant road accident are worryingly high. While we hope you’re never in situation where you have to, knowing how to react after a road accident could make all the difference when it comes to any insurance or personal injury claims you need to make later. Here are five things we’d recommend not doing for an accident involving injury or damage to property:

Driving away

The average person isn’t likely to mosey off after being involved in a serious collision but you might not know that you’re legally required to stay and deal with it even if the accident doesn’t seem that serious or no one seems hurt. Not only is leaving the scene immediately after an accident illegal, it’s also not going to help your case if any injuries (such as whiplash, for example) present themselves at a later date and you find yourself needing to make an insurance claim.

Leaving without documentation

Before you do leave, it’s crucial to exchange the relevant documentation with anyone who has been involved in the accident. It’s your responsibility to both collect and give your own contact details, insurance details and any other pertinent information that might inform any proceeding insurance claims. Unless you have been injured yourself, it can also be a good idea to take photos, get the contact details of any witnesses, and to make notes on the exact circumstances of the accident as these can often be easily forgotten over time.

Failing to report your accident

As well as leaving the scene of an accident immediately, it’s also illegal to neglect to report the accident to the police. In the case of a serious accident this is vital not just for ensuring the correct emergency services are contacted and for clearing the scene but also to protect yourself in case the other person involved in your accident doesn’t have any insurance. After all, without an official police report you could be leaving yourself at risk of being unable to prove the accident happened at all.

Getting angry or admitting fault

In the aftermath of an accident, shock can lead us to react in ways that aren’t always helpful. Rather than getting angry at the other person involved, try to keep the peace and deal with the situation in a calm manner to avoid exacerbating tensions. Similarly, it can also be tempting to apologise or admit fault but doing so could potentially leave you at serious risk if the accident ends up leading to an insurance claim.

Neglecting to consider your legal position or potentially to consider getting legal advice

If you have been injured in a serious road accident there is a chance that you could be entitled to compensation, especially if the accident leaves you suffering any disabilities or ongoing medical complications. Unfortunately many people neglect to seek legal advice after an accident until it’s too late. As soon as you are able to, you might wish to consider getting in touch with a serious injury specialist like First4seriousinjury to find out if you’re entitled to claim; it could potentially make all the difference when it comes to recovering from a serious accident.

September 27, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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