If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused due to the negligence of a third party, you must understand that you may be able to make an injury claim for compensation. But, before you start, there are a number of things that you must do and steps that you must take in order to make a successful injury claim.
First of all, you must check to see that everyone involved in the accident is safe. This includes everyone in your vehicle and in the other vehicle as well. You must not lose your temper or start blaming others for causing the accident. Moreover, you must also not accept any kind of liability or say that the accident was your fault.
If someone has sustained injuries, call the police.
If possible, the next thing you can do is take photographs of the accident scene. Photographs that you take must include positions of the vehicles after the accident, injuries sustained, skid marks, damaged objects such as streetlight poles, etc. Photographs must be taken before any object or vehicles involved in the accident are moved.
Exchanging contact details and other relevant information with the others involved in the accident is the next step that you must take. If another vehicle was involved in the accident, you must ensure that you take down the driver’s name, contact details, address, car registration number and insurance details of the vehicle. You must ensure that the other party does not leave the accident scene without providing any details. If they do, make note of the driver’s description, registration number of the vehicle and the description of the vehicle.
If there were people who witnessed the accident, you must make note of their names, telephone numbers and addresses.
Report the accident to the police and tell them how the accident took place.
If you have sustained personal injuries, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you have not sustained serious injuries, you must seek medical attention. Sometimes, injuries such as whiplash injuries, inflammation to the neck tissues and bruising take some time to develop and therefore, you must not sit back assuming that you are not injured.
No matter how serious or minor your injuries are, you may be in a position to seek compensation if the accident was caused due to the fault of another person. To find out if you are eligible to pursue an accident claim, you must seek advice from expert injury lawyers.