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Important Steps To Take After Getting Into a Car Accident

Road traffic accidents are one of the most common reasons for injury in the world. Every year hundreds of thousands of RTAs occur every year in the UK. A lot of them result in property damage, thankfully, but there are many that also lead to personal injuries. 2020 recorded over 1400 deaths in road traffic accidents and over 23,000 accidents that led to severe personal injuries, such as limb(s) loss and body paralysis

If you are ever involved in a road traffic accident or witness an accident, there are some steps to take to ensure, first of all, the preservation of life, and then dealing with the situation.

Saving a Life

The most important thing to do will always be saving a life. Whether it’s your own life, or if you are a witness, the life of the ones involved in the accident. Always try to move to safety and away from the road. This will make sure that if any oncoming drivers accidentally get involved in the accident, then you are clear of the site and safe.

Alerting Others

Flares, flashing lights, emergency indicators, any indication that you can give to drivers about an accident having occurred is best. These lights can also help you in alerting other people to your accident if it’s dark. You can shine the flashlight at night time to draw attention to your situation and make yourself visible.

Calling an Ambulance/Police

It’s the site of an accident, and so, if there are injured persons on the scene, then calling an ambulance is the first thing one should do. Preservation of life is important, and so is tending to the injuries suffered by the person(s).

Calling the police is also always a good idea in such situations. Their presence can be vital to keeping things calm, collected, and the police report they write up can be attached to the insurance claim you make. Letting the police analyze the spot of the accident and clean up the mess is the best in such circumstances.

Accurate Records Are Important

The police will arrive on the scene and ask you to tell them what happened. In this case, telling them the whole account of the accident, if you remember the whole account that is, is recommended. Make sure to not make a mistake or try to guess what happened. And it is also recommended to not talk too much about injuries that aren’t fully analyzed and will take a visit to the hospital to be accurately scanned.

Evidence – Photos & Videos

Pull out your smartphone and take clear and crisp photos of the spot where your car was damaged by the accident. And, also take photos of any wounds, bruises, and cuts that you might have gotten. These will serve as evidence that you can keep on your person and can be submitted when required.

Information Gathering & Exchange

In any accident, you have to make sure that you cover all avenues that you can. The police will handle everything usually, such as names, addresses, and other personal data, allowing for contact between the affected parties, but there are times when they don’t really consider the incident severe enough to write up a report. Either way, you should always make sure to acquire all personal and contact information about the other person. You should also acquire data from the police, details of the written-up police report, numbers, and any other information that you think is relevant in that particular circumstance or might become relevant later on.

Exercising Your Rights

In circumstances of a road traffic accident, injury and insurance claims are something that you have to handle yourself. And even when you do make a claim, insurance can make life difficult. In which case, it is best to consult a professional lawyer who can guide you and inform you about the process of making a claim if you are unfamiliar with it.

Conclusion

Wallace Legal offers professional legal services to help you navigate your road traffic accident claims. Wallace Legal has the best personal injury lawyers in Glasgow. So, if you are looking to make a claim, then schedule a consultation with Wallace Legal today