How to Claim Compensation after a Car Accident
When you’re cruising along a dual carriageway, sucking on a Werther’s Original whileyour other half fussily fiddles with the radio station, the last thing you expect is an articulated lorry jack-knifing into your path.
As your passenger shrieks and time seems to slow to an inevitable full stop, you violently jump on the brakes and furiously grab at the wheel, hoping and praying that you avoid a catastrophic collision with this 30-tonne behemoth.
But it’s too late.
Before you know it, metal crumples, glass shatters and airbags inflate. Darkness.Regaining consciousness as sirens scream and fire fighters bark, you’re trapped in the wreckage – alive but badly injured.
You’re relieved, of course, but not everyone is lucky enough to escape a car crash with his or her life.
Fatalities on British Roads Fall
Whilst the total number of car occupant fatalities on British roads has fallen from 1,665 in 2000 to 785 in 2013, those who aren’t killed are often left with severe and long-lasting physical and psychological trauma.
So how do they fight back?
Thanks to personal injury lawyers, any driver, passenger or pedestrianhurt in a collision can turn to the compensation experts to claimdamages, providing the accident was not the victim’s fault and they received medical treatment because of the injuries.
Whilst some Brits with a stiff upper lip may baulk at the thought of making a fuss, when you’re convalescing with your leg in plaster and a seemingly non-stop diet of Jeremy Kyle and Homes Underthe Hammer, it’s important to remember you’re entitled to it.
Staking Your Claim
Watching television during your recuperation can actually be the impetus you need to pick up the phone, as adverts endlessly boom out urging you to get in touch with the experts if you’ve suffered at the hands of a careless driver.
All it takes is a quick chinwag with a specialist, who’ll give you the lowdown and let you know whether you have a claim. The next step is to explain exactly what happened to a solicitor before gathering the required evidence.
Typically, you’ll need to obtain a copy of the police report, which should have been filed if people are injured in a crash. If possible, you should also take your own notes and photographs at the scene to bolster your case.