A road traffic accident is an unfortunate event in the life of every motorist. From whiplash to much more serious and lifelong injuries, they can cause physical as well as psychological harm. Therefore, it is the right of an individual to claim compensation for an accident that was not due to his or her fault.
When a person or a motorist is involved in a road traffic accident and are dealing with the damage and repairs of the vehicle, they also need to look at their eligibility to claim compensation for the car accident. There is compensation involved for whiplash claims as well. Many people know that it is right on their part to claim compensation, but fearing the investment of time and effort, they usually tend to back out of the ordeal. As an accident victim, to get the compensation you deserve depends on many factors.
Here are four ways to ensure that you are able to get the compensation that you justly deserve:
The first thing to do soon after the occurrence of an accident is to call the police. The police needs to record all the details and information related to the accident. Moreover, the testimonies of the parties involved in the accident along with that of the eye witnesses is also recorded. This documentation helps provide a solid backing to your compensation claim in court.
Collect your evidence. Your chances of getting the right compensation depend on how strong your case is. This, in turn, depends on the evidence you collect from the scene of accident. Before leaving the accident location, make a mental picture of the surroundings. Take a good look at the damage and impact, as well as record the injuries caused to the driver and the occupants of your car. If your cell phone is equipped with a camera, it will be a good idea to take pictures of the scene. You can take a picture of the positions of the cars after the accident, the street name and the damages on your car. These pictures will go a long way in helping you provide evidence in court while claiming for compensation.
As a party involved in a car accident, you have the right to take all the details and information of the other car’s driver, along with their insurance company’s name. In addition to this, you must also speak to the witnesses of the accident and collect their personal information. There could be witnesses who do not wish to be a part of the investigations. It is best not to be impolite or rude and simply take down their names and contact numbers. This will help you with references, in case you need testimonies when you file a claim for compensation. Additionally, keep a record of all the medical reports and receipts.
A compensation claim for an accident is usually made to the third party’s insurance company and an individual is not equipped to deal with them directly. Moreover, an insurance company has its own way of calculating the liable compensation in an accident. Therefore, it is recommended to hire a solicitor or an attorney who can help you with filing of the claim, as well as handle all the paperwork and other claim related tasks. Red tape and legal hurdles are major barriers when a person goes ahead to claim compensation. Attorneys can help navigate through this process through their knowledge and expertise, and a qualified solicitor or attorney who works in the best of your interest can help you deal with a vehicular accident claim successfully.
Being involved in a road traffic accident impacts an individual greatly and whiplash claims can have lifelong effects. And after all the hardship that you go through due to an accident which was not your fault, it is your right to be compensated for it fairly and sufficiently.
John Corwin is a freelance medical writer covering medical news, such as new drug releases, and cases of exceptional treatment be they good or bad.