How can a car passenger strengthen their injury claim?
If you have sustained an injury as a car passenger, the following checklist will help you build a more robust claim should you choose to seek compensation.
The police should be contacted following a road accident. They will then make detailed notes of the accident, which can be used as evidence in a compensation claim if required.
In the event that the driver of a vehicle is subsequently found to be responsible for the accident, it is important for their passenger to have prepared their own account of what happened.
The passenger should obtain details of the driver of the vehicle in which he was travelling, including full details of the vehicle and insurance.
Alternatively, if the accident was caused by another vehicle, the passenger may assist their driver in gathering as much information as possible, such as:
- Obtaining the insurance details from other drivers involved
- Recording the other vehicle's details
- Noting the time and date of the accident, and the weather conditions
- Taking photographs of the scene if practicable and safe to do so
- Gathering the names and addresses of any witnesses
- Recalling and noting any circumstances leading up to the accident, such as the behaviour of other drivers
Medical treatment and records
If, after the accident, the requires medical treatment, it is important to keep a record of any appointments and expenses such as travelling to hospital, or any medication prescribed. Any special support from family of friends that is needed (such as help around the home, shopping, driving to appointments) should be recorded.
Documentary evidence of any other losses or expenses incurred as result of the injuries should be retained.