September 26, 2017

What to do if Your Family is Involved in an Accident on the Road


With more and more people taking to the roads each year, it comes as little surprise that there are so many road traffic accidents that take place across the UK. These accidents can take place on side roads, main roads, dual carriageways and motorways, and the severity can vary based on the circumstances and vehicles involved.

It can be bad enough being involved in a road traffic accident when you are on your own, but if you have the rest of your family in the vehicle with you this type of accident can be even more worrying. Always make sure that your family is protected on the road, which means making sure everyone is wearing a seat belt. But should the worst happen, then you must take the correct steps.

4 steps to take if your family is in a road traffic accident

It can be very worrying if your family is involved in a road traffic accident, particularly if there are younger children in the vehicle with you. Even if they are all secured in with seatbelts, shock and physical injuries can occur. Some of the steps you should take in the event of such an accident include the following:

      Make sure you take the details of the other driver: Just as you would if you were involved in an accident when alone, you should make sure you take the insurance details, name, contact details and car details of the other driver. It is important to do this whether the accident was your fault, 50/50, or the other driver’s fault.

      Seek medical assistance: It is always best to get your family checked out in case of hidden injury, particularly if there are young children involved. Hopefully, everyone will have escaped injury but signs of injury are not always obvious, so it is better to be on the safe side.

      Seek legal assistance: If you or any member of your family does suffer personal injury and the accident was not your fault, it is worth seeking expert legal advice. You may be eligible for compensation for the injuries caused and a specialist injury lawyer can help to determine whether you have a case.

      Contact your insurance company: You should contact your insurance company to provide details of the accident and those of the other driver. It is worth doing this quickly even if you were at fault, as otherwise the other driver may put in an inflated claim that results in your insurance premiums soaring.

These are just some of the key steps to take in the event of this type of accident. If the accident was not your fault or even if it was, it is also worth taking details of any witnesses if you are able to.