An accident can be a traumatic experience for anyone. You don’t have to be elderly, inexperienced or even badly injured to be really shook up by it. At the time of the accident there will be many things running through your mind and it will prove difficult to think straight, let alone act in the interest of what might reflect on the ‘what happened’ question that the police and your insurance company will have to ask.
There are always a few things that you can do after you have had an accident. Firstly I would suggest that you take photographs. Photos of where your car is and the location of the car that collided with you, is situated. Photograph the road and any skid marks as well as the road as it is laid out.
Collecting the information of the people who have also been involved in the accident is also very important. You should also ensure that you get them to write their own details down as this will avoid you making a mistake and ensures that all of their details are down to the best of their knowledge.
Make a note of the weather conditions and time. This might be useful when needing to refer back to information in the accident report that the insurance company will want you to make. The weather conditions will reflect on the light levels and the road surface, as if its raining, then road will be wet.
Check with any onlookers to see if they saw the accident. It’s worth while speaking to people as they may be able to reinforce your series of events so that your explanation has more grounding.
If after the accident you are suffering from any injuries then you might be entitled to make an injury claim or seek no win no fee compensation. Remember though, making a claim does have a time limit on it so don’t leave it too long before making a decision about what to do.
If you have any suggestions as to what else you should look to do immediately after an accident then contact me and I can update and amend this post.