What steps should I take after a motor vehicle accident in the ACT?
Published 26 Mar 2018
Author: Nassir Bechara
Even relatively minor car accidents are disorienting, which is why compensation claims will probably be the furthest thing from your mind if you are ever involved in a crash.
However, understanding the steps you should follow when a collision occurs can help ensure the health and safety of you and other road users, while also enabling you to gather evidence if you decide to claim in the future.
This checklist gives you a few guidelines to keep in mind after a car accident.
1. Stop your car
Drivers are legally required to stop their vehicle if they are involved in a collision, even when the crash seems minor. If you or someone you know is behind the wheel, you should pull over immediately when the vehicle is still in motion.
2. Check if anyone is injured
Have you or the people you are travelling with sustained any injuries? What about other road users? You should contact the police or emergency services if someone is seriously hurt or a vehicle needs towing.
3. Exchange details
Ask people who are involved in the car accident, as well as any witnesses or bystanders, for their personal information and contact details. Insurers require this information and it will be useful if you later decide to pursue car accident compensation.
4. Take photos
Details of an accident can become blurry over time, so take photos of any injuries you have sustained and the damage done to your vehicle. These images could prove crucial if your compensation claim ends up in court.
5. Contact your insurer
Once you have taken photos and gathered evidence, you should get in touch with your vehicle insurer to see whether or not they would like you to follow any other steps.
6. Speak to a no-win, no-fee lawyer
You may be entitled to compensation if you sustained injuries in the crash. Moreover, the symptoms of some conditions, such as whiplash, may take a few days to manifest. Contact a no-win, no-fee lawyer in the days after the incident to see whether or not you are eligible for damages.
If you have recently been involved in a crash, please contact one of our personal injury experts at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers to learn how to pursue a claim.