Road traffic accidents are unfortunately a daily occurrence on Northern Ireland’s roads, some of which can lead to serious injury. If you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
We see many different road traffic accident claims across Belfast and Northern Ireland. These usually include car, motorbike, cycling and bus/coach incidents. A number of injuries can result from these accidents specifically : whiplash, muscle and ligament injuries, broken bones, and internal injuries.
In some cases it is not always clear who is at fault and held liable for the accident, in which case it is always advisable to seek legal advice.
What should I do if I am involved in a road traffic accident
If you are involved in a RTA in Northern Ireland, there is certain information that we would always advise you to record at the scene. This information will be important when putting your claim together:
- Contact details of the other driver/drivers involved, their insurance details and car registration details
- Details of any witnesses; please inform them that you may wish to contact them in the future
- Location of the accident
- Photographs of the accident and any damages to your vehicle
- We would also advise you to inform your insurance company as soon as possible, and if necessary, contact the police about the incident
What should I do if I am injured in a road traffic accident?
Any road traffic accident can be distressing. The initial shock can cause you to forget or confuse the series of events. We would recommend obtaining the details of all involved, whether you need to contact them or not. Most people have smart phones so any picture or video of the scene can provide a visual record of events.
If you are injured you should seek medical advice at the earliest opportunity. If the progress of your recovery is slow or you condition does not improve, you should seek further medical advice. It is important that you are proactive in trying to improve your condition. Ensure that the details of your injury are recorded as this medical documentation can also serve as evidence in your case.
You should also speak to your insurance company and seek legal advice from an accident claims solicitor. An accident claims solicitor will help you present your case and advise you on the steps you should take going forward.
How to make an accident compensation claim
We understand that recounting accidents can often be traumatic and distressing, but our team will help put you at ease. We will guide you through the claims process and make the post-accident experience as simple and straight-forward as possible.
Following the guidance outlined above will stand you in good stead. When meeting your solicitor please compile your personal information along with any medical or police reports.
What will an accident claims solicitor need from me?
Your solicitor will need certain information from you to help you build your claim, including:
- Details of your insurance policy
- Cost of any vehicle repairs or replacements, or repairs/replacements to any personal items damages
- Details of any injury you have suffered as well as supporting medical documentation and reports
- Any personal costs to you as a result of the accident or any wages you have missed out on as a result of having to take time off work
Speak to a Solicitor at Injury Compensation NI
Injury Compensation NI are part of MKB Law Solicitors in Belfast, so you can be sure that your claim will be dealt with by a local solicitor here in Northern Ireland. Accident compensation requires swift action, so please contact us today.