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Road Traffic Accidents > Car Accidents > What to do after a car accident?

What to do after a car accident?

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Knowing what to do after a car accident isn’t always obvious; here at Canter Levin & Berg we aim to take the strain out of your claiming car accident compensation.

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If you’re involved in a car accident, your safety and the safety of anyone else who was involved should come before all other concerns.

Having said that, if it is safe for you to do so, and you aren’t putting anyone else in danger, then there are several pieces of information you can get at the scene of a car accident that can help later on if you decide to make a car accident claim.

Providing this information to your car accident solicitor at the start of your claim can cut down on the time they take to investigate the circumstances of your accident, potentially allowing them to make a decision much more quickly on whether you have grounds to make a claim.

Collecting information at the scene of a car accident

Generally speaking, the more information you can gather at the scene of your car accident, the better. In situations where you have suffered an injury and you can’t take any information immediately after the accident, it can sometimes be worth returning to the scene as soon as you are able to as you might be able to gather useful information on your return visit.

We’ve put together the following list of information that I can be useful to gather based on our experience making thousands of successful car accident compensation claims. One recommendation we would make is to carry a pen and paper with you in your car’s glove box to record all this information at the scene.

  • Record the time and date of the accident, and the lighting and weather conditions that were present – if police attend the accident it may be some time before they take any photographs themselves and the conditions may have changed. If possible, you should take pictures of the accident scene as soon as possible.

  • It is very important to obtain the contact details of any other drivers involved in the accident, including their name, address and telephone number and their insurance details. If anyone has been injured in the accident, or there has been any damage to property then it is a criminal offence for any of the drivers involved to refuse to exchange their details.

  • As well as taking the details of the drivers involved, you should also record the details of the vehicles they were driving, including the registration number and the make, model and colour. If any vehicles involved in the accident were damaged, take photos or make a note of the damage.

  • If an accident happens at night, or in poor weather conditions then remember to note if the other vehicles involved were using their headlights. Similarly, when an accident has taken place at a road junction, or whilst one vehicle was attempting an overtaking manoeuvre then make a note of whether the driver used their indicators.

  • Where an accident has been witnessed by either a pedestrian or another uninvolved motorist, you should try to obtain their details as well. Having an independent eye-witness can greatly strengthen your case if their testimony correlates with your version of events; especially if the driver you are making the claim against is disputing that they were liable for causing the accident.

  • Serious car accidents or car accidents that occur on major roads will be attended by the police. If you do speak to a police officer at the scene of the accident, make a note of their name, their collar number and the police force they are from. This also applies to car accidents where other emergency service personnel are called to attend.

One recommendation we would make is to carry a pen and paper with you in your car’s glove box to record all this information at the scene.

We know what to do after a car accident

The car accident solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg know exactly what to do to help after you have suffered a car accident that wasn’t our fault. As soon as you call, one of our team will take down the details of your car accident and begin working on your claim. We aim to give you a quick decision about whether you can claim car accident compensation and if we believe you have grounds to make a claim we will work on your behalf to secure you the compensation you deserve.

For a free initial consultation with a member of our car accident claims department call Canter Levin & Berg now on 0151 239 1180.

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