Moffat & Co Solicitors

Moffat & Co Solicitors
Accident Compensation Claim Solicitors Scotland
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0131 662 6988
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Car Accident Claims Guide

What to do in the event of a car accident.

Unfortunately there are hundreds of car accidents on the roads of Scotland, England and Wales every day. If you are involved in a car accident, what should you do?

Call the police

If anyone has sustained an injury in the course of the car accident you must call the police. Whilst the police must not always attend, if a serious injury has been sustained, they should do and they will take photographs and measurements of the accident scene. This could be crucial later if you decide to pursue a claim for compensation.

Witness details

You should obtain the names and addresses of anyone who has witnessed the car accident as these people might be helpful in proving that the accident was not your fault. The more details you can obtain at the screen of the accident the better.

Other evidence

You should also try and take your own photographs of the scene of the accident. It is worth keeping an instant camera in your glove box so that if you are ever involved in an accident you have the ability to take photographs. However, most mobile phones now will take photographs of sufficient quality to be useful to prove that the accident was not your fault at a later date.

In addition to photographs, you might also want to measure any skid marks that are on the road (particularly if someone has been travelling behind you and crashed into the back of you). This could be vital in proving that they were travelling too fast causing the accident when they collided with the rear of your car.

Repairing your car

You should immediately notify your insurer of the accident. You are usually obliged to do so under the terms of your insurance policy and taking this action will ensure that if you have to make a claim under your policy you are not punished by not notifying your insurance company when you should have done.

Find a solicitor

If you have suffered an injury, you should make contact with a solicitor as soon as possible. You may find that you are entitled to free legal representation under the terms of your legal expenses insurance policy (if you have one). However, you always retain the right to choose your own solicitor and if you are not happy with the solicitor selected by your legal expense insurers, you do not have to use them. You have the right to choose your own solicitor and you should find one with expertise in car accident claims to ensure you have the best prospects of success.

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