What steps should I take if I am injured in a car accident or due to another party?
If you are injured in the course of a car accident or due to the negligence or wrongful act of another party, we recommend six important steps...
Immediately following the accident, you should call the Police to report the accident.
If it is a minor collision with minor damage to vehicles, the Police will not attend the accident scene and you will need to attend at the Police Station in the area of the accident to make a report as soon as reasonably possible following the accident.
Upon reporting to Police, ask them for the Traffic Incident Report number.
At the scene of the accident, if possible, record details of the location of the accident as well as the vehicles, drivers, passengers and witnesses involved, including:
ACCIDENT LOCATION – record the street address of the accident including the nearest intersection and details of anything in the surrounding area that contributed to the accident occurring (e.g. gravel build up on the roadway or roadworks set up in the area);
OTHER DRIVERS - names, contact and licence details, as well as any information provided by them as to how the accident occurred, and in particular, any admission of fault;
VEHICLES - registration, colour, make and model details (and ensure you record all vehicles involved);
PASSENGERS - names, contact details, the vehicles they were passengers in, and any information provided by them as to what they witnessed;
WITNESSES - names, contact details, where they were when they witnessed the accident, and any further information they may have as to what caused the accident (you may find it easier to record what they tell you on your mobile phone if this is available to you);
RECALL - What you recall as to how the accident happened, and the participation of each of the vehicles involved, so that you do not forget important details at a later date;
TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS - it is a good idea (if possible), to take photographs of the accident scene, the vehicles involved in the accident (including your vehicle damage), licences of drivers and registration plates of the other vehicles involved in the accident on your mobile phone;
GATHER WHAT YOU CAN - If you are badly injured in the accident, then you may not be able to obtain this information, however, in such case Police will be required to attend upon the accident scene and they will obtain all of this information for you.
You should seek medical treatment for the injuries sustained in the accident as soon as possible, so that your doctor can record your injuries and also, record how your injuries occurred.
When you see your doctor, ensure you tell them all of the injuries you sustained in the accident, no matter how minor.
Try to be as accurate as possible so there is no confusion as to the cause of your injuries and what injuries you sustained, when you wish to later bring a claim.
But be aware, doctors usually record what you tell them, so keep your comments to your doctor concise and accurate.
Don't confuse them with information which may compromise any future claim you may wish to make.
Remember, there are strict time limits which apply to personal injury claims in Queensland and to giving notice of a motor accident claim.
If you miss these time limits you may lose you right to claim any compensation for your accident injuries.
Contact us, The Personal Injury Lawyers by chat, email of phone to find out what your rights and entitlements are and get a free claim assessment.
Remember, strict time limits apply to claims for most injury compensation in Queensland.