By: Jim Loxley. Road traffic accidents are one of those things we all hope never happens to us. Going through such an experience can be an extremely traumatising one, even if it’s just a mild bumper-to-bumper shunt. Even such a relatively minor road trafficaccident can cause considerable loss of both time and money, not to mention personal injury. If you’ve suffered as a result of someone else’s negligent driving then it’s common to consider a road traffic accident claim as a course of action.
However, as this is a legal process, meaning many questions are raised. This article will either help you know what to do in the incidence that a road traffic accident happens to you in the future or will help you to gather information if one happened in the past and you’re considering making a compensation claim. Remember that not all of these tips must be completed for a successful claim as even one of them will help.
Staying calm is one of the most counterintuitive reactions to a road traffic accident situation. However, knowing that this is important now will help you to stay calm if one happens in the future. You’ll be able to be of more effective use to those around you, including anyone that needs your help. Furthermore, it will also aid your case later on. Losing your temper and becoming angry, will not help your case later in court.
Calling the Emergency Services
The first step will help you with this second one. The second thing to do is to call the emergency services. If you’re calm, you’ll be able to do this effectively and ensure that the necessary services get deployed to the scene of the road traffic accident quickly.
Help Those That Need It
Only when the emergency services are on their way should you attempt to help others at the scene. When the emergency services do arrive, ensure that you help them as much as possible and make a note of the name and officer number of the policewoman or policeman who is taking care of the scene of the road accident.
Swapping Insurance Information
Only when these three tasks are complete should you look to exchange the insurance policy numbers of vehicles involved. If it was a serious accident, make sure that you take the policy numbers of all vehicles involved and also the license plates. A license plate number will help significantly in ensuring a quick and easy road traffic accident claim.
Photographic Evidence of the Scene
Having photographic evidence of the scene of the traffic accident will help enormously in a court case later on. Not all types of evidence make the same kind of contribution in the view of the courts and photographic evidence is one of the strongest types. Use your cell phone to take as many pictures of the scene as possible. It’s better to have too many photos rather than too little, so take plenty. Emailing photos to yourself is a great way to store them securely so you know you won’t lose them.
Eyewitnesses at the Scene
Also in the heavy-hitting types of evidence are eyewitnesses. If anybody saw the road traffic accident happen, then politely ask them if they mind acting as a witness. Swap emails, phone numbers and names with the person and make sure to thank them for their help. They’re doing you a huge favour.
Always use personal injury experts
Lastly, get in touch with a professional which deals with road traffic accident claims every day. Getting in touch with such a specialist legal team for any particular type of legal action will maximize your chances of a successful venture so avoid general practitioners. Jim Loxley is a Director at My Compensation, a traffic accident specialist based in London, UK.