UK: How To Handle The Scene Of A Road Traffic Accident

Last Updated: 13 December 2012
Article by Mark Mackay

While it's often much easier not to consider what we might do if the worst happens, knowing how to handle some disastrous situations is critical to mitigating the damage. Being in a road traffic accident is one of those situations. Knowing how to handle the scene of a road traffic can significantly increase your effectiveness in the face of such diversity. If the fault was someone else's, then considering a traffic accident claim is a common course of action. Here is how to handle the scene of a car accident with the added bonus of increasing the chances of a successful road traffic accident claim.

Remain composed at the road traffic accident scene.

Staying composed is just about the last thing that will be on your mind. However, knowing the critical nature of this point now will help significantly towards forcing yourself to composure should one happen. Effectiveness will go right out the window if you lose your cool and it will be to the detriment of your case and anyone injured at the scene.

Calling 911/999

Whatever your country's emergency number, it's essential that you can call the services as soon as possible if the incident is serious. Make sure to call them before helping anyone who's sustained personal injuries at the scene. You need professional help.

Information for court #1: Number plates

Having the numberplate of all drivers involved at scene of a road traffic accident will help significantly in making the processes which happen before court easier for both you and your legal professional.

Information for court #2: Insurance policies

We often get calls from people wanting to make a traffic accident claim who have insurance details from just one of the drivers. Note down all information from all drivers involved and not just the main offender.

Information for court #3: Witness details

Speak with anyone who saw the road traffic accident happen and see if they would mind acting as a witness in court. Collect phone numbers, emails and names and always express your thanks.

Information court for #4: Photos of the incident

Take advantage of the fact that your mobile device has a camera and take snaps of the scene from all different angles. Focus on car parts and skid marks in addition to the bigger picture.

Information for court #5: Safe storage

People often lose information they gathered which could be critical to winning a road traffic accident claim. By far the cheapest, most cost-effective and secure way to store such information gathered is to email it to yourself. Do so asap.

Check for Ministry of Justice authorisation

In the United Kingdom, if a company does not have the Ministry of Justice 'CRM' number on their website, it's likely that they're practising illegally. Always check the CRM number before picking up phone.

Take fast action on your road traffic accident claim

Acting quickly has two main benefits. First, is that it makes you appear confident in your innocence of the road traffic accident. Secondly, the sequences of the events which unfolded will be remembered clearer and better by all parties involved.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

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