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Legal Advice After a Car Accident
Unfortunately, car accidents are becoming more and more common in the UK. With so many vehicles on the road nowadays that’s no real surprise. An accident can involve just a minor bump with another vehicle or something a lot more serious. If you’ve suffered an injury and the accident wasn’t our fault, you may be able to claim for compensation.
The types of injuries that occur from road traffic accidents vary considerably. It can be a simple case of whiplash up to more serious injuries that include damage to the spine and head. All too often in traffic accidents there can be fatalities.
While you are trying to recover, you may not be thinking too much about claiming compensation – it does, however, make sense to get legal advice as soon as you can.
At Forster Dean, we have an experienced team of road traffic accident personal injury specialists who will be able to talk you through any potential claim. We assist 100s of people across the North West each year who have been involved in a car accident, including:
- Drivers who have been in an accident that isn’t their fault.
- Passengers who have been involved in an accident, whether it’s the driver in their car who is at fault or someone else.
Of course, other people may be involved in a car accident. You might be a pedestrian walking along the roadside or you could be a cyclist who has been hit by a vehicle on the street. We can also help with personal injury claims under these circumstances.
What To Do If You Are In a Car Accident
If you are the driver of the car, you must stop and provide your details, no matter how minor the accident is. Failure to do so can leave you open to prosecution for leaving the scene of the accident.
You should gather details such as the time and date of the accident and where it occurred as well as take down the details of any witnesses. If you are carrying your mobile phone, it’s a good idea to take as many photos of the accident site from different angles as you can. Most insurance policies stipulate that you need to inform your company within about 48 hours with details of the incident.
More serious accidents are going to involve the police who will make an assessment of whether there was any dangerous driving involved, for example, a driver being over the limit for alcohol.
You may, of course, be incapacitated because of your injuries which means that there will be a limit to what you can do until you recover.
Can I Make a Claim?
If the accident was not your fault and you suffered injuries as a result, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. To do this, you need to contact a solicitor and discuss the accident in detail.
At Forster Dean, we offer a free consultation so that you can sit down with our legal team and talk through what has happened. We’ll be able to give you a clear idea of whether you have a good case or not.
If there is a potential to make a personal injury claim, the good news is that we offer a no win no fee service – that means you don’t pay any fees until the claim is successfully settled.
If you’d like to discuss the potential for making a claim after you’ve had a car accident, you can contact our team to book an appointment today.