If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident the most important thing to do is not panic. Accidents do happen, and while the impacts can be profound, it’s important to take care of yourself and those around you. This starts with seeking medical assistance for you, your passengers and anyone else involved, wherever necessary.
After these immediate concerns, you can also take steps to look after yourself in the longer term. By following a process, you can protect your chances of securing any compensation you are eligible for in the future. The following points can help you determine your next steps.
Your Own Wellbeing
As already mentioned, the first thing to do after a motor vehicle accident is look after yourself and those around you.
This might simply involve checking on yourself, your passengers, people in the other vehicle and any bystanders. Sometimes people will just need someone to reassure them that everything is alright, while more serious cases might require you to call 000.
In non-critical situations, it is still important to see a doctor as soon as practicable. This is important for both your overall wellbeing and the chances of a successful accident compensation claim.
Details and Evidence
The next thing to do is to take stock of your situation and record important details.
You should record when and where your accident occurred, including not just street names, but specific details about intersections.
Talk to the other driver if they have remained at the scene. Record their registration and ask to see their licence. In cases where the other party has left the scene you obviously cannot do this, but still may be eligible for compensation.
Finally, talk to any witnesses at the scene and ask for their version of events as well as contact details.
Talk to the Police
You should report your incident to the nearest police station as soon as possible after the event. Obviously certain things; such as your wellbeing or contacting loved ones can come before this. It is important to report your incident though, should you wish to make a compensation claim.
If the police attended the scene of your accident you may not be required to report your incident. Similarly, if the other party has reported the incident you may not have to. If you are ever unsure about whether the police know, always keep them informed to be sure.
Monitor Your Symptoms
In the time following your accident, it is important to keep track of any symptoms that result from your accident. This is important both for your general wellbeing and for any future compensation claims. Sometimes these symptoms will be obvious, like the occurrence or worsening of physical pain, but they may also manifest as psychiatric symptoms.
Do You Want to Make a Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Claim?
If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident in Queensland and want to know your next legal steps, Bartels Lawyers can help you. Independent and caring legal advice from our team can help you to understand your rights, and guide you through the process if you have a claim.
Find out more in a free initial consultation, by calling (07) 3341 2222 today.