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What to do if you are involved in a road traffic accident

By z4027672030, May 31 2016 02:14PM

Road traffic accidents are incidents that not only affect drivers of cars, but also passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

The injuries sustained will vary depending on the circumstances, but whiplash and muscular damage are some of the most common, due to the excessive force placed on the body upon impact or when brought to a sudden halt.

You may be able to make a claim for compensation if you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident. Below we have taken a look at four things you should remember to do in these circumstances.

Driver’s details

It is important that you should take down all of the driver’s details in order to keep thorough records. As well as having a name and a contact number, you should make a note of their registration number and ask them for their insurance details.

Witness information

If there was anyone who witnessed the accident, ask for their name, number and address. Should you be liable to make a claim, a witness statement could prove to be invaluable should your claim be contested.

Do not admit liability

With everything that has just happened with the accident, you may feel like you were to blame for what happened, but you shouldn’t admit to being at fault as you may later realise the accident could have been avoided if the third party had acted differently. It is here that one of our North Devon personal injury solicitors can determine whether you or the third party is to blame, and whether you can make a claim for compensation.

Collect evidence

Thanks to advancements in technology, almost all of us have a camera to hand in the form of our mobile phones. Taking pictures of the accident scene and the damage to each vehicles (if two are involved). You should also make a note of the road of where the vehicles are positioned before the accident and the time of the day. The more information you can provide about the accident, the stronger your case will be.

Information is the strongest foundation to any personal injury claim, and you will be asked for a detailed account of what happened in the incident in order to build a strong case. If you feel you are owed compensation due to an accident, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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