Knowing how to handle circumstances such as a road traffic accident goes a long way to mitigating the damage should the worst happen. It's a great deal easier not to have to think about what we would do in such circumstances. However, if the road traffic accident was not your fault, a traffic accident claim would be a common consideration and knowing how to improve your chances of a successful legal case is extremely valuable. It's best to know what to do. For this reason, My Compensation has put together these tips on how to handle the scene of a road traffic accident. Here are 10 steps which can be taken to improve the chances of a successful traffic accident claim.
1. Remaining composed in the face of adversity
Staying composed will be the last thing on your mind. However, if you know the importance of this now, it will be extremely valuable to the chances of you staying composed should the worst happen. Falling apart at the scene of the traffic accident will inhibit you helping other people and it could even damage your case in court later on.
2. Alert the professionals
Attempting to help anybody who is injured at the scene will be tempting. However, it's imperative that you call the professionals and get them on the way as soon as possible. This could save lives.
3. Collecting participant details #1 Number plates
Having the number plate details of anyone who took part in the road traffic accident will help considerably towards making a smooth claim in the early stages.
4. Collecting participant details #2 Insurance numbers
Many people only collect the insurance numbers of the main individuals who were involved in a road traffic accident. It's imperative, however, that you collect the details of every driver involved even if they only played a minor role.
5. Collecting traffic accident claim evidence #1 Eyewitness contact info
If anyone passing by saw the road traffic accident happen, speak to them and ask if they would mind acting as an eyewitness. Express your gratitude as they’re doing you an enormous favour. Collect phone number, name and email addresses.
6. Collecting traffic accident claim evidence #2 Photographs
Having photographs will strengthen your case considerably and increase the chances of an easy out-of-court settlement. Use your mobile device to take as many pictures of the scene of the accident possible from many angles.
7. Ensuring you store the information safely
It's a surprisingly overlooked method of information storage but emailing all of this information to yourself is a secure, free and easy way of ensuring that it doesn't get lost.
8. Go straight to an expert
Using somebody who deals with this type of claim every day increases your chances of winning the road traffic accident claim. An expert is considerably more familiar with this area of law.
9. Government regulation of your chosen expert
In every country, the government has a regulatory body which authorises the specialist with which you're considering working. Always check the website to ensure that any specialists are registered.
10. Launch your road traffic accident claim swiftly
If you delay launching your road traffic accident claim then people’s memories of the day's events will become less and less clear with each passing week. Acting quickly increases the chances of a fair case and also makes you look more confident in your innocence of the road traffic accident having taken place.