With the amount of motor vehicles on Perth’s roads increasing year on year, in turn so are the number of accidents that are happening.
Most households now have multiple cars as more and more people are now on the roads.
Anyone who has already been involved in a road accident knows that it can be a very traumatic experience.
Here are some steps to take should you be involved in a road accident.
It’s extremely important that you exchange details with any other parties involved as this will be needed by your insurance company.
The information you would need to collect:
- Contact telephone number
- Make and model of the vehicle/s
- Licence plate number
- Insurance details (who they’re insured with and policy number)
Don’t admit fault
Amidst the chaos, it can be easy to admit liability or apologise but it is best to say nothing.
Damian Shaw of Australian Accident Helplines personal injury lawyers Perth branch said,
“Even if you think the accident may have been your fault, it’s important that you don’t admit this at the scene.”
Insurance companies tend to determine who is at fault when the incident is reported to them.
After an accident, it is important to document any damage by photographs or taking a video to either vehicle or any public property that may have been involved in the collision.
The reason that this is so important is it may be needed by either your insurance or lawyer further down the line.
The other involved parties may deny causing damage to your car or state that the accident happened differently than it did. Having photographic or video evidence will back up your case.
Seek Medical Attention
After an accident, your health is the most important thing.
No matter how small the accident, it’s important to have your injuries checked out by a medical professional.
Here you can find a list of medical centres located throughout Perth.
Some injuries may be internal and not present themselves on the outside, taking a bit of time out now can save further pain and suffering in the future.
It also means that there are medical records for your injuries should they be required further down the line.
Speak to A Lawyer
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, especially if it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Many people see claiming as a negative thing, but it’s the whole reason we pay insurance, to cover us if something like this happens.
Know your rights by speaking to a personal injury lawyer in Perth, they can let you know straight away whether you have a valid claim and will advise on what steps to take
Let Your Insurance Know
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident it is important that you let your insurance company know.
The Insurance Commission of Western Australia states that ’If you are the driver or owner of a Western Australian licensed vehicle that has been involved in a crash, you are required by law to report the crash if it resulted in injury to any person.’
Lodge a Claim
After speaking with a lawyer, you should have a basic understanding of the circumstances surrounding your case and what your chances are of your case being won.
Most lawyers offer their services on a no win no fee basis, so if your claim is unsuccessful you won’t be required to pay any legal costs.
Make sure you research your lawyer thoroughly to ensure you have selected the most equipped one and remember, the law varies state to state so ensure your lawyers have knowledge of the legislation in Perth.
Being involved in a road traffic accident can be a scary and stressful situation, even more so if you are not at fault.
Knowing what steps to take should the unfortunate happen can take that pressure off you in the heat of the moment.
If the car accident wasn’t your fault you may have the right to drive a no charge replacement vehicle.