The number of vehicles on the road is increasing as second hand cars are getting cheaper. Measurements have been put in place in certain countries to tackle congestion problems and pollution caused by excessive vehicles on our roads, such as a number plate day designation in Athens. This meant that cars with certain number plates would only be allowed on the road on certain days and others for other days, but this caused issues as people would end up buying a cheap car to drive on alternate days to bypass this law. This resulted in more pollution and accidents on the roads.
Being cautious is probably the number one thing to do in order to avoid being involved in a road traffic accident. Staying safety conscious, wearing your seat belt are just two essentials to being safe on the road.
However, in some instances the control to prevent an accident is out of your hands as it i down to the negligence of others. The number on vehicles alone on the road mean the chances of getting into an accident and sustaining an injury are higher than they once were.
What you will Need
How you react to an accident will always differ from others. If you are ever involved in a car accident, it is important to remain as calm as possible and collect as much evidence required as possible in case you need to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Here is the information required.
Drivers information – All information of the driver is needed, including their full name, address, phone number, place of work, and passenger details if present.
Car details – All details of the car are important, including the registration number, the make and model, colour of the car, the owners name if it is currently being driven by another person, and the details of damage.
Insurance details – Make sure all insurance details of the other driver are taken down, as well as the vehicle and the name of the insurance company that insures the person and vehicle, the contact and address of the insurance company if possible, as well as the insurance policy number if on hand.
Photographic evidence – Take as many pictures of all cars involved if you can to ensure you have evidence of all damage caused to the vehicles, the road behind, the road ahead, and any skid marks. It’s also good to get a picture of the other drivers face in case they are committing fraud.
Witness details – If there are witness present, it is important to get as many details from them as possible, including contact details in case a statement is needed from them.
Police – Though it goes without saying, make sure you ring the police to report the accident so they report what happened and can speak to any witnesses in order to provide proof of liability if possible.
Choosing the right Lawyer
If you are looking to make a claim for compensation after a road accident that wasn’t your fault then you will need a personal injury lawyer who are able to build a case with you in mind. They will need experience in a variety of road accident claims and will be able to advise you further on making a claim for compensation and the amount you expect to receive dependent on the injuries sustained.
Here is what you should look out for:
Ensure they’re accredited by the law society. You can find this information on their website.
Make sure that their website and contact information is available. This includes their address details.
Look at their reviews and testimonials to see the feedback they have received and make a personal decision that they are the right solicitors for you.
If possible, talk to friends and family for advice on an appropriate lawyer if they have had previous experience with the firm you are looking at.
Finally, talk directly with the firm and ask questions regarding your accident to determine if you are happy to proceed with them.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident and it wasn’t your fault, then get in touch with Harold Stock and Co. We are happy to sit with you and assess your case to advise in a way that works best for you.