Nobody expects to have an accident and if you are unfortunate enough to suffer one, chances are that you’ll also be suffering with shock and confusion. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but in the moment, gathering evidence will probably be the last thing on your mind.
Here at Express Solicitors we understand all of this, and are keen to make sure that you are as well prepared as possible to achieve the justice you deserve following any accident. This article contains some helpful tips to be aware of in advance in case you ever find yourself in a position where you or your family or friends may need us.
Photos are invaluable in helping to support your case and prove exactly what happened. It’s really important to take as many as possible. Close up shots of the defect are great for showing exactly what we’re dealing with, but don’t forget to get some wider ranging shots of the general area too to help us assess the accident location as a whole. Measured photos are also really useful, especially where there is a raised paving slab, broken concrete or a pothole.
2. Report the accident
Try to tell someone that your accident has happened. Wherever you are – at the supermarket, at a pub or club, at work, on the street – bring what has happened to the attention of the manager, the bar staff, your employer, or even call the local council. An accident report is often good evidence of the circumstances and details surrounding the accident and makes it difficult for defendants to argue with.
3. Examined by a doctor
Sometimes our clients are unfortunate enough to suffer injuries so severe that they require hospital attention. Following an accident, we would always recommend getting yourself checked over by your doctor, even if you don’t feel a trip to A&E is necessary. It is always best to be sure that your injuries are treated in the best possible way. Explain fully to your doctor exactly what happened and how you are suffering so that they can advise you properly.
4. See Something?
It is always helpful if your case can be supported by anybody who was with you at the time of the accident or anyone who saw what happened. If possible, take a name and a contact number for anyone who was nearby. Don’t worry if there was nobody around at the time – it is also useful to speak to anyone who didn’t witness the event but might know about the defect – for example, somebody who lives on the street or surrounding area.
So if you do find yourself in the awful situation of having suffered an accident:
If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call on 0161 904 4660 where we will always be happy to offer further advice and reassurance.