What To Do If You Have Been Involved in An Accident

  • Get medical attention

Needless to say the most important consideration when you are involved in car crash is to ensure that any physical injuries caused to yourself or any other parties involved in a car accident are attended to.
Your health and well-being are more important than any financial compensation and indeed, very often the adrenalin induced-shock of a car crash can result in you feeling relatively uninjured when the opposite may be the case. Therefore, do not hesitate in such circumstances to seek emergency medical help and/or see your GP as soon thereafter where there is any doubt.
Early medical records of your injuries may also be important when making a claim.

 

  • Exchange contact information and insurance numbers

This may seem obvious but with the shock of the accident you may not always think to exchange details. Make sure you take a note of the name of the other people involved in the accident, their registration numbers of their vehicles and insurance details. If there are any witnesses to the accident ask for their details also. Using your phone handset to photograph or video record the scene may also provide vital evidence in your favour.

 

  • Contact the Gardaí

Even a minor car accident may have serious repercussions if one or other parties bring a claim for compensation for injury or damage. The Gardaí have a unit which undertakes traffic accident reports and you are legitimately entitled to call them as what might appear to be even trivial may not transpire to be so. If the Gardaí do not attend the scene, make sure you report it the nearest station in order for the circumstances to be recorded (do not rely solely on the other party to do so).

 

  • Do not admit liability

Even if you feel you may be at fault, it is important that you do not admit liability at the traffic accident scene. It is a condition of most motor insurance policies that you not admit liability. Determining who is responsible for the accident is not often straightforward. It is recommended to consult a solicitor first before making any such admission.

 

 

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