It’s something every motorist dreads and while caution should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind while in the driving seat, it’s important not to allow the fear of an accident prevent you from taking to the road and enjoying your journey. One way of putting your mind at ease is to be fully aware of the actions that you should take if an incident occurs.
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a car accident, there are a number of things you should do. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene, making sure you clearly capture the damage to both vehicles and their positioning.
Write notes about what happened while they are still fresh in your mind; this way when the police arrive you can explain clearly what happened and your facts will not have been skewed by the passage of time.
If an ambulance is not called to the incident, make sure you visit a GP or hospital as soon after the accident as possible in order for them to assess the full extent of your injuries. As well as putting your mind at ease and treating you for the pain and suffering caused, the medical notes can be used if you wish to claim for compensation. Without these notes, many claims may be not be successful.
Car accident claims not only entitle you to monetary compensation; you could also claim additional losses such as loss of earnings and forking out for a replacement car. Personal injury claims are also available if you experience pain or suffering caused by the crash.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident. It is caused by a sudden jolt to your head, affecting the soft tissue in your neck. While seat belts are a legal necessity and a great aid in preventing fatalities in the event of a road accident, they only look after your body. This can result in you experiencing neck pain either immediately or relatively soon after the event. In severe cases it may lead to a life-long disability.
As the symptoms of whiplash may not occur until a few hours, or even days after an accident, it is best to ensure you see a doctor as soon as you can to document your injuries, even if you feel fine. The severity of your injury will dictate how much car accident compensation you can claim.