Car Accident Claims
JS Miller Solicitors are experts when dealing with car accident claims. Over the years we have helped clients who have been involved in a car accident and have been injured as a result. We use experience and resources to recover compensation for you with speed whilst taking care to ensure we maximise your award of damages. If you have been involved in a car accident and need a car accident claim solicitor to handle your case please contact us. Below is some useful information you can follow if you have been involved in a car accident and looking for a car accident claims solicitor.
What to do if you have a Car Accident
Do NOT Leave the Scene
If you are in a road traffic accident, your first legal duty is to stop (preferably out of the way of oncoming traffic). Regardless of who may be at fault, parking up will enable you to weigh up the extent of damage and/or injury and take appropriate steps.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Car accidents can be stressful and emotionally charged but venting out your frustrations on the other driver and making accusations is never a good idea. Instead, take a deep breath and check that everyone is ok first. It is always better to avoid confrontation with the other driver as their co-operation may be necessary.
Call the Police
The police must be notified as soon as possible or within 24 hours if your accident has caused an injury, hazardous situation or public obstruction. This applies where a dog or farm animal has been injured too. It may seem daunting or overdramatic having to involve the authorities but failing to do so is a prosecutable offence. If you don’t have access to a phone, you will be expected to do this in person.
Keeping in touch with the person you have just collided with may be the last thing on your to-do list but it is still wise for everyone involved in the collision to swap names, addresses, telephone numbers and vehicle registration numbers. This is a legal requirement if damage has been caused to another person or their property. You don’t need to provide insurance details immediately but if a valid insurance certificate is requested by the police or someone who has been injured you must comply.
If you have a camera phone or a camera, take photos of the damage to your car and other vehicles involved. It’s a lot harder to deny pictorial proof! It is also advisable to take photos of the scene of the accident including road markings and signs and other property that has been damaged.
At this stage you may not know how your accident is going to be resolved or if there will be any liabilities so it is advisable to obtain as much information surrounding the circumstances as possible. The following details will be relevant:
- Time and date
- The name of the road or street where the accident has happened and intersections that are nearby.
- The weather, visibility and lighting conditions, including street lighting.
- Damage sustained to each vehicle involved.
- Whether the parties were using headlights and/or indicator lights.
- Injuries to anyone involved.
- Name, “collar number” and force details of any police officer attending and other emergency services details if appropriate.
- Contact details of drivers, passengers and pedestrians involved. For anyone driving as part of their employment, take their employer’s details also.
- Vehicle details including make, model, registration number, colour, any modifications and the number of passengers in each vehicle.
- Insurance details for the driver of the other vehicle.
If there are any witnesses at the scene of the accident, it is advisable to get their contact details too. Witness evidence is extremely useful especially in cases where liability is in dispute.
Keep your Insurer in the loop
You should notify and provide your Insurance Company with full details of any collision that you are involved in immediately. Some insurance companies can choose to invalidate a policy if they are not informed of an accident, regardless of which party may be at fault.
Instruct a Professional
If you were injured in the accident, you should seek medical help straight away, either by visiting a walk in centre, your GP or hospital, depending on the severity of your injuries.
You may also want to make a claim for injuries and damage to your vehicle, in which case you will need legal advice. The specialists at JS Miller Solicitors help hundreds of road traffic accident victims every year, including drivers and passengers in cars, buses, cyclists, coaches and pedestrians hit by motor vehicles. Whether you have sustained a moderate whiplash injury or a more serious injury, the personal injury experts at JS Miller Solicitors can assist in recovering the compensation you are entitled to as a result of the accident, providing a personal approach and ensuring their service is tailored to your needs. Call JS Miller Solicitors on or email us to arrange one of our car accident claims solicitors to help you.
So, What’s Next?
We have a team of caring professional personal injury solicitors ready to speak to you.
Most cases can be conducted entirely online and over the phone. We can also arrange office, home or hospital visits for clients all over the UK. Subject to level of injury suffered.