5 Tips When You May be at Fault for a Car Accident

Last year, in 2015 there were 186,189 casualties from road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcyclists and other vehicles in the UK.

With an average of over five hundred injuries happening each day from car accidents, it is likely someone is always to blame in causing an accident.

Unsurprisingly, immediately after a collision, many people will apologise and acknowledge their actions may have caused the misfortune. Personal Injury solicitors recommend that you remain calm and be considerate in handling the situation with a view to call the police if emotions escalate or there is a injury and damage involved.

By law, drivers must stop after a road traffic accident. Motorists or passengers do not need to discuss the accident with the third party, but must exchange insurance and contact details for a simple bump with minor injuries or damages. Anything more serious, ring for the emergency services.

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Who is accountable for the Car Accident?

In case you feel that you are responsible for causing a car accident, we have 5 tips here to help support your incident.

1. Have Valid Car Insurance

The first thing you must ensure is that you have a valid car insurance policy in case of an accident. Take time to read the details in your policy particulars and understand what you are insured for. Some insurers offer third party only policies which does not protect against the owner’s losses, whereas a fully comprehensive policy will pay out for damages to the insured vehicle. Bear in mind that if you are liable for an accident then you may be not able to claim compensation for any injuries to yourself.

2. Identify witnesses with dash cams

Dash cams are becoming very popular with many drivers nowadays. There are useful tools to capture the moments before an impact on the road. Sometimes, the cause of an accident is not always clear and can be discovered through observing video playback from dashcams. Liability can be established from unlikely sources thanks to this phenomenal video technology.

In a Manchester crash for cash case, Ms Khan had deliberately triggered an accident on a busy road and tried to claim for her injuries whilst making the intended victim believe that he caused the accident. Fortunately, a dash cam had recorded how Khan abruptly braked to cause a collision which led to her being sentenced at the Crown Court.

So, with the benefit of undiscovering a scam, where possible try to obtain a dash cam viewing as you may not have been at fault. Even better, we recommend you purchase a good dashcam to install in your car for your own peace of mind

3. Avoid Talking At the Accident Scene

What we mean here is, do not admit fault or even make an offer to pay. We understand that the temptation to post about your accident on social media, whether Facebook or Twitter, can be great but it can get you in trouble without you realising it. Wait till much later after the incident once all the necessary details have been obtained. Once you disclose unintended admission, it can be difficult to fight your case if you were not at fault and may lead to a wrongful conviction.

4. Take pictures of surrounding area

A lot of personal injury lawyers often advise people to take pictures of the accident scene, particularly the damage to the vehicles, properties and injuries. This is good advice as it prevents from claimants to submit costs for damages that are much more than what actually occurred at the time of the road traffic accident.

However, our tip is to photograph the surrounding areas of the scene and if possible the path of the vehicles just before the impact. There is often a crucial piece of evidence that may show how the incident was instigated. It can be a simple thing like an overgrown branch blocking the view of a danger sign. Let a solicitor or a professional analyse the images to recognise the vital piece that can help you.

5. Do Not Panic and Leave

Leaving a car accident scene is often compared to jumping out of the frying pan into a fire. Under the Road Traffic Act rule you must stop. It is an offence if you do not stop and you could be prosecuted.

Check for any casualties and give medical attention where possible. Call for help. You could save a life. Remember that it could have be you or a loved one needing that medical assistance one day.

Often the first few minutes of stabilising a person after a road traffic accident are crucial to improve the chances of a better survival rate. So stay and give support if required until help arrives; everything else can be dealt with later.

Note: If there has been a minor or a serious injury then police and ambulance should be called. For no injures, details should be exchanged and to report the incident in person at the police station within 24 hours. You will need the police reference number for your vehicle insurance claim.

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