What should you do after a car accident?

Published by Marshall & Gibson Lawyers on the 19 January 2017

Many of us drive numerous kilometres every single day, and it's easy to become complacent about the risks of being on the road. But car accidents occur unexpectedly, and can happen to anyone at any time. If you're the victim of a motor vehicle accident, particularly a more serious one, it's important you know how to proceed afterwards. Perhaps you received a permanent injury, or your vehicle was damaged beyond repair.Whatever the outcome, the actions you take following an accident can determine whether you receive the compensation you're entitled to.

You have responded to any immediate concerns and reported the incident to the police as required, so what next? Here are three of the most important steps to take:

1. Assess the situation

In the aftermath of a car accident, chances are that compensation is not at the forefront of your mind. But by being proactive and assessing where you stand right off the bat, you can minimise the trouble and stress you experience later down the track. How can you tell if you're able to get compensation? You may be entitled to compensation if you were injured as a result of someone else's actions, so it's a good idea to consider who was at fault, as well as the condition of all those involved and their vehicles.

2. Gather your evidence

Another important step you will be grateful you did later is to take time to collect evidence after the accident to assist you with making the claim. Note any factors that contributed to the crash and take pictures to illustrate your case. It is helpful to your case if you obtain the names and contact details of all witnesses to your accident in addition to seeking treatment from your doctor as soon as possible.

3. Seek legal representation

When it comes to making a claim, ensure you get the assistance of an experienced compensation lawyer to manage your case. They will be able to suggest a course of action, act as your advocate when dealing with insurers and ensure you get the compensation you're entitled to. Seeking this representation immediately will to protect your legal rights, help to settle the case quickly and put you in the best position to recover.

If you have been involved in an accident report it to the police within 24 hours and seek medical treatment. Contact Marshall and Gibson Lawyers in the Sydney on 1800 675 417 as a compensation claim form must be lodged within 6 months.