What should I do immediately after a road accident?

Quick answer

After a road accident, your first priority should be your own safety. Make sure you get all necessary medical treatment for your injuries, even if they seem minor.

Once you’ve received medical treatment, there are several things you can do to support your road accident claim.

In depth answer

The more details that are reported and documented at the time of a road accident, the easier it is for a lawyer to assist you. We suggest you do the following:

At the scene, if possible:

  • Report the incident to the police
  • Obtain details of any witnesses
  • Take photographs

After the accident:

  • Have a doctor provide a medical certificate listing all your injuries, no matter how minor they seem.
  • Report the accident to the police (if you didn’t do so at the time of the accident). If the accident occurred on public transport, report it to the public transport company.

If claiming on behalf of your child:

  • Talk to them. If they are too young to talk, monitor them and take note of any new behaviours. Ask any carers to do the same.
  • Get legal advice on what compensation you or your child are entitled to, including medical expenses, loss of wages, and lump sum accident compensation.

Road accident claims have a strict lime limit. Don’t lose your right to claim compensation — seek legal advice straight away.

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