If you have ever been in, or seen a car accident, you will know that it can be a frightening experience and often it is difficult to know what to do in the immediate aftermath of an accident. As compensation lawyers, we regularly see people who are in need of some basic human to human guidance before even thinking about their legal rights.
So here is a brief shortlist of what we often share with people when they call us asking, “I have been in an accident and I don’t know what to do next?”
At the scene of the accident
- Call 000 and report the accident to Police.
- Take a photo of the registration plates of any cars involved.
- If you are able to, swap contact details and insurance details with the other driver/s.
- If you are not seen by ambulance officers at the scene, take yourself to a GP and get yourself checked out.
After the accident
- Sometimes, for minor accidents, no emergency service will be in attendance. In these situations it is important that you take yourself to a GP if you develop any pain or discomfort.
- Check your car for damage and take photos (if not towed from the scene).
- Contact your comprehensive insurer (if you have one).
- If you require medical treatments, seek early advice from a lawyer about possible access to CTP insurer funded rehabilitation and your legal options generally. The sooner you are able to access these, the better the chance you have of recovering.
To request information about our available legal services, or to discuss your personal circumstances with one of our experienced lawyers, please do not hesitate to contact the Turner Freeman Lawyers Team on 13 43 63.