What To Do If A Car Accident Is Not Your Fault

I was injured in a car accident that wasn’t my fault: What can I do?

Car accidents are annoying at the best of times. But if the other person is at fault and still tries to weasel their way out of admitting fault, it takes on a whole new level of frustration.

The issue of liability, in other words, who is responsible for causing the accident, is undoubtedly the most crucial topic in personal injury. This is because accidents often result in expenses (sometimes running into thousands of pounds) that must be recovered from at-fault party.

In terms of compensation for a car accident injury, you should know that if you are involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault and the other driver admits liability you are entitled to compensation for all injuries, such as whiplash, and losses.

What should I do if the other driver is accepting liability for an accident?

Remember to immediately note down any admission of liability, or better record it on your phone. Also note if any other witnesses happened to hear the other driver accepting liability for the accident, or even implying that the car accident was their fault. This evidence will strengthen your case further down the line. We’re not saying people can’t be trusted, but to be honest, when it comes to car accidents, you should always keep your wits about you!

It’s sadly all too common for people to declare things that prove to be premature or incorrect. On many occasions a driver might initially admit liability for a car accident, then change their statements a few days after. So, it is extremely important to take note of any statements right away.

A car accident insurance claim where the other driver admits negligence is much more straightforward than claims where liability is in dispute. If someone has already admitted liability, it should make for a much smoother process. That is, if all the correct details, such as their insurance information, are readily available and if they don’t change their statement later.

Issues concerning your car accident compensation claim only occur when it’s unclear who is at fault for the accident. This may delay the process, but you will still be awarded compensation if the other driver is proven negligent. In any car accident insurance claim, you should always look to appoint a trusted personal injury solicitor specialising in road traffic accidents before you do anything else.

We know that being involved in a car accident is overwhelming. It’s often impossible to think clearly, especially if you’re in shock. In fact, some people completely forget to take any details that may later help them claim compensation. If that’s already happened,we’re afraid there’s not much you can do about it. But for future reference, it’s crucial you don’t drive away from the scene of a car accident before getting as many details as possible.

You never know when a car accident may happen. Be fully prepared beforehand by downloading apps like The Accident Tool Kit that provide you with all the information you need to collect in a step-by-step process.

How do I begin a car accident injury claim?

After a non-fault car accident, contact a personal injury solicitor right away to ensure that you:

    • Don’t lose your no claims bonus
    • Don’t have to pay your insurance excess 
    • Have your car repaired and are provided with a courtesy car 
    • Don’t have to deal with your insurance company by yourself

You should always behave as though you are intending to pursue a claim, even if you don’t initially intend to. This will at least set the wheels in motion should you wish to claim later.

The last thing you want after a car accident is to deal with a numpty/incompetent solicitor who you can’t even get hold of half the time. That’s not us. At Watermans, we’re here to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible, as we appreciate the last thing you need after a car accident injury is a further pain in the neck in the form of poor service. We’re open late, available on weekends and offer straightforward advice.

Do I need evidence of my car accident injury? 

With neck and back injuries, it’s not always initially apparent that you have suffered an injury. It can take days or even weeks for you to realise you have sustained an injury from the accident. You should always visit a doctor immediately after any auto accident, this will also help with your claim process later.

Follow the above guidelines for what to do after a car accident and the recommended steps may save you unnecessary additional stress, time trouble and expense.

If it turns out a car accident claim is the right course of action, put your feet up and let us get on with getting the compensation that you deserve.