What to do after a car accident before making a personal injury claim

Even if you’ve never been involved in a car accident, you probably know what you’d need to do in such a situation:

  • Stop the car
  • Put your hazard lights on if your vehicle is still on the road
  • Swap contact details and insurance details with the other driver
  • Call the police if necessary
  • Check for any injuries and call an ambulance if required
  • Report the accident to your insurance company

There is lots to do in a short time, especially as you might be shaken up.

Here, we’ll look to the days after your accident when you might be considering bringing a personal injury claim.

Dealing with the aftermath of an RTA

Being involved in an RTA can be a hugely traumatic experience, even in the case of a minor collision.

If you’re injured and already considering bringing a personal injury claim, there are several steps you can take now to give yourself the best chance of making a successful compensation claim.

1. Look after yourself

While you’re already thinking about making a personal injury claim and getting compensation, your health should be your priority. If you need to rest to recover from your injuries or get over the shock of being involved in an accident, ensure you give yourself the time to do that.

Once you have everything in place you need to look after your health, you can start thinking about proceeding with your personal injury claim.

2. Seek medical attention if you need it

Visiting your GP or going to the hospital to seek medical attention obviously ties into the mantra of looking after yourself first. But it’s also the first step towards claiming the compensation you deserve.

Attending a GP appointment or visiting a hospital allows you a chance to explain all your symptoms and document the injuries you have suffered. Even if you attend a medical appointment for one particular injury, you should ensure you mention any other symptoms you’re experiencing. This will ensure that your medical records are as complete as possible and are ready to support your subsequent compensation claim.

Many injuries won’t be apparent immediately, so not calling an ambulance or attending hospital in the immediate aftermath of an accident won’t impact your ability to make a claim.

3. Give LawPlus Solicitors a call

If you’ve suffered an injury in an RTA, it’s best to contact us as soon as you can.

Doing so means we can advise you from the earliest opportunity and ensure you have the best possible chance of making a successful claim.

The days and weeks following an RTA can be stressful and confusing, especially if your motor insurer or family members are already talking to you about making a claim. You may also find yourself dealing with the other party and their insurer.

By instructing LawPlus at the earliest opportunity, we can help you deal with all those points of contact and remove a significant amount of stress and anxiety from the process.

4. Keep as much evidence as possible

The success of any personal injury claim will often lie with the evidence you can produce. After all, no one will pay out thousands of pounds in personal injury compensation just because you say you suffered an injury in an RTA. You need to be able to back up those claims.

Start gathering and saving evidence straight away – even if it’s in the notes app on your smartphone. The more detail you can include, the better.

Do the following as a starting point:

  • Attend the scene of the accident and take photographs if it is safe to do so.
  • Keep a diary of any symptoms and the progress of any injuries, and take photos of your injuries if applicable. You can also add whether the pain is improving or worsening and list things you’ve been unable to do because of your injuries or symptoms.
  • Ensure you keep any receipts or invoices for expenses you incur due to your RTA. You’ll be able to reclaim monies for things like paying for medical appointments or taking public transport to the hospital if you can’t use your car due to the RTA.

You should also note the time of the accident and the details of any vehicles involved, including the other party’s registration number. This ensures you have everything in one place and have to deal with minimal stress and hassle when you need to provide these details to your personal injury specialist.

If in doubt about whether something is relevant, keep it, and we’ll advise you whether you need it as part of your claim.

5. Avoid falling for cold callers

We’ve all received one of those annoying cold calls where the person on the other end of the line “understands you’ve been involved in a car accident.” But have you ever received one in the days after actually being involved in an accident?

 While it can be pretty unnerving to find yourself in this situation, it usually happens by chance rather than an insurance company selling your details almost immediately.

We’ll tell you how to deal with such calls if we’re already dealing with your personal injury case following an RTA because they certainly won’t be from us!

However, if you’re still looking for a personal injury solicitor, it’s still worth telling any cold caller that you’ll refer them to the solicitor dealing with your case. This will usually help you identify those calling you out of the blue and ensure you don’t waste time speaking with people who don’t have your interests at heart.

If you’ve suffered an injury in an RTA, get in touch

Our personal injury specialists are waiting to speak to you about your RTA and potential personal injury claim.

Contact us here for a free, no-obligation review of your claim.


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