London is one of the busiest cities in the world, bustling with families, workers and tourists each and every day of the year. When in comes to transport, London provides lots of options. From the famous London Underground, red buses or black taxis, getting from A to B can be achieved in many different ways.
Another option for transport is of course by car. According to Transport for London, there are 2.6 million cars registered in London. Added to this are the hundreds of thousands of cars, vans, motorbikes and lorries that visit the city every day. So it is not surprising that road traffic accidents happen, and are relatively common.
If you have been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, whether you are the driver of a car or a passenger, you may be entitled to receive compensation for any injuries you have suffered. If you do find yourself in this unfortunate position, the following is what you should do.
Is an ambulance required?
If you are involved in a car accident, you should always check if anybody is badly injured as soon as possible. This should be the first thing you do and applies to anybody involved in the collision, both within your car and the others involved in the accident. If anybody needs urgent medical assistance, an ambulance should be called straight away.
If you are a driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, you should exchange insurance details with the other driver. It is a good idea to make a record of the licence plate number and the make and model of the car.
If the other driver does not have valid insurance, refusing to give their details or leaves the scene of the accident, the police should be called. Failing to have insurance and leaving the scene of an accident are both criminal offences.
Take photographs of the accident
Most people have a mobile phone these days, and the majority of them have a built-in camera. So taking photographs of the accident scene is a wise decision. These photos can be used as evidence by your insurance company and injury lawyer if there is any dispute about who was at fault for the accident and where or how it happened.
Get your injuries examined
Depending on the type and severity of injuries you have sustained, it is important that you visit your doctor or the hospital as soon as possible after the accident. This will ensure your injuries are correctly diagnosed and treated, as well as having the details recorded in your medical records. This evidence or your injuries and the fact that they were caused by a car crash would be required for any subsequent personal injury claim you decide to make.
Contact a personal injury lawyer
If another person was at fault for the accident, you have a legal right to be compensated for your injuries. The first stage in this process would be to discuss the accident with a personal injury lawyer. They will explain the car accident claims process and confirm if you have a valid case to proceed with.
Claiming compensation can help to give you justice for the impact that another person’s negligence has had on your life. The money received can help to pay for any medical treatment you require and can cover any financial losses you have experienced. For example, you might have been unable to work for a period after the accident and suffered a reduction in wages as a result.
All good personal injury solicitors will be able to offer you a No Win No Fee service. This is also referred to as a conditional fee agreement. What this basically means is that you won’t be expected to pay any fee for your solicitor to start working on your case, and you would only pay a fee if your case is successful. If you lose your claim, you won’t pay a penny. So the no win no fee service removes any financial risk from making a claim.