Getting hit by a car or other vehicle is most unfortunate. You may have been in a vehicle of your own, on a bicycle, or on foot. Whatever the case, it stands a good chance that you were injured in the collision, perhaps very badly. We’d like to think that in this situation, the law will be on our side automatically. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which your case can fall through the cracks if you do not do your due diligence. The law itself is on your side, providing you were not in the wrong. In either case, you should do your best to make sure the following steps are taken, to ensure that you get the representation and restitution that you deserve.
- Call Your Solicitor. Road traffic accident claims are sure to go nowhere if you don’t have a solicitor on your side. If you don’t already have a lawyer when the collision occurs, it is imperative that you find one. In this case, it makes sense to go with a solicitor who specializes in traffic claims. These solicitors will have experience in cases such as yours, as well as financing structures that work well for people in your situation. If you are badly injured, make sure to pass this duty along to someone you trust, and make sure that you are contacted when a suitable candidate is determined. Don’t be afraid to veto the choice if it is made on your behalf. This is your representation we’re talking about, after all.
- Document the Accident Yourself. Before the days of mobile phones, documenting the site of a traffic accident meant getting the license number and insurance information of the other driver. Today, the process requires no pencil and paper, providing you have the right technology. Make sure to take a picture of both cars involved in the collision, especially the registration tag of the other vehicle or vehicles. Take pictures of damage to all involved vehicles, especially the damage to your own. Finally, make careful note of any damage to your own body or sundry property. It may be up to this evidence later to determine your restitution.
- Communicate With Witnesses. If there are witnesses at the scene, do your best to get their contact information. You should also contact nearby friends or relatives – anyone who might be an emergency contact who has time to meet you at the scene before (presumably) you are taken away to the hospital. Witnesses sometimes play prominently in traffic accident claims, and you don’t want to miss out on their testimony if the situation calls for it.
There are many ways that the time period following a traffic accident can resolve. If you want to ensure the best possible resolution to your accident, it is important that you make every effort to set yourself up for success, especially in the minutes and hours following the unfortunate event. If you do these things, you should have an easier time getting the resolution you need.