Hurt after an accident? Here’s what you need to know

Car accidents can really take their toll. Trauma experienced from a car accident can be both emotional and physical. Emotionally and mentally – it can take years to overcome the fear and anxiety from an accident. And while most accidents are minor without physical injury, it does happen. You can get seriously injured from a car accident – even if it wasn’t your fault.

If you’re injured in an accident that was not your fault then here’s what you need to know.

Immediately following your accident

First priority following an accident is to ensure that no further injury occurs. If you’ve been injured, it’s important to remain calm and to receive first aid and medical attention. If you have been injured, you do not have to drive or move your car if your injury affects your ability to drive or your car is no longer safe to drive.

It’s also important to make sure that you gather evidence from the accident scene. We’ve put together a list of things to gather. Here’s a quick recap 

  • Document the accident scene by collecting evidence and taking photos. A few key pieces of information you need from the other drivers include their name, surname, address, insurance company, registration details and details of the vehicle owner (especially if this is a different person to the driver).
  • Take note of the time of the accident, where it happened, and what the traffic, lighting and weather conditions were.

Seek medical help 

If you’ve been injured, it’s important to seek help from a Doctor or GP who will assess your injury, prescribe any treatment(s) necessary as well as advise on recovery times. It’s also important to ask for a medical certificate about your current injury and fitness. There is a preferred form of certificate called a SIRA certificate of fitness. You will need this certificate should you want to make a claim.

To make a claim for personal injury suffered, you should contact the State Insurance Regulatory Authority for more information

It’s also important to remember that there is a time limit to make your claim, this can be as short as 28 days following your accident.

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