If you’ve been involved in a road accident, there are certain steps you should take at the scene or as soon as possible after the accident.
Obviously making sure that anyone injured, including yourself, receives medical attention is vital so call an ambulance if anyone is injured. When any necessary medical treatment has been called for, here is a list of things to do and things not to do:
1. Provide your contact details to the other driver
Please note that you must do this and to leave the scene of an accident without providing your details is a criminal offence. If there is nobody to provide your details to, report the matter to the Police;
2. Obtain the other driver’s contact details
Name, address and telephone numbers. If there was more than one car involved, obtain all details of all drivers and cars;
3. Obtain the other driver’s car registration number
This is vital and you may not be able to make a claim without this; (write it down or take a photo)
4. Exchange insurance details with the other driver
Don’t worry if you don’t have these details with you at the scene, but you must provide them to the other driver as soon as possible after the accident
5. Obtain contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
The witness will be asked to provide their account of what happened to support your case;
6. Take photographs or videos of the accident scene
The photos should include the position of the cars after the accident, any skid marks on the road, the road layout and any relevant road signs or markings etc;
7. Report the accident to the Police within 24 hours.
You must do this even if the Police do not attend the scene. If the Police attend the scene, take a note of the name and number of the officer;
8. Report the accident to your insurance company within 24 hours.
You must do this even if you do not intend to make a claim or there is no damage and/or nobody was injured. Your insurance cover may be withdrawn if you do not report the accident;
9. Write down a detailed account of the accident.
Write down a detailed account of the accident and prepare a sketch plan of the accident as soon as possible after the accident – remember that the more details that are included in your account, the more convincing it will be if the other driver alleges that you are at fault. Make sure you include weather and traffic conditions, direction of travel of everyone involved, the road layout, the use of lights or indicators by anyone involved, what was said after the accident etc;
10. Go to the Accident & Emergency Department at hospital
Go to the Accident & Emergency Department at hospital and/or your GP as soon as possible after the accident. Even if your injuries do not appear to be serious, it is always worth being checked out and the record of your attendance will be evidence to support the claim.
1. Don’t leave the scene without providing your contact details.
If there is nobody to provide your details to, call the police and report the accident;
2. Don’t admit liability at the scene
Don’t admit liability or discuss who was at fault with the other driver or a witness or the other driver’s insurance company or even the Police. Only provide the facts of the accident to anyone who asks. Leave any arguments about who was at fault to your specialist personal injury lawyer to assess when all the circumstances of the accident are known and can be assessed;
3. Don’t instruct a solicitor recommended to you by your insurance company if you don’t want to.
Your insurance company may recommend to you that you use one of their panel solicitors. This may happen if you have a Legal Expenses Insurance Policy with your insurance company. You do not have to use these solicitors and you are free to instruct a solicitor of your choice. The solicitor recommended by your insurer may not be an expert in this type of claim and may not be the solicitor suited to you or your claim.
There is one more “do” and “don’t” for you to think about. Do call one of our specialist personal injury solicitors on 0161 749 9000 so that you don’t have to worry about your case. We will take care of you and your case at every step and ensure you receive the medical attention you need and the compensation you deserve following your accident.