How to make a road traffic accident claim

Being in a road traffic accident can have a huge effect on your life and well being. If you’re in a serious accident, you may have sustained significant physical injuries. Or even if the collision is more of a ‘bump’, you can still suffer from stress or anxiety for a long time afterwards when you’re out in the car. If an accident has left you injured and nervous at the prospect of driving – or travelling in – a car, the impact on your quality of life can be significant: 76 percent of all trips we make are by car. 

So if you’ve been in a road traffic accident, it’s only natural that you’ll want some form of compensation for the trauma, be it a physical injury or an impact on mental health.

At Zen Law Solicitors, we specialise in getting people the compensation they deserve after a road traffic accident. We are specialist accident solicitors in Manchester, passionate about helping the local community pursue claims for a wide range of accidents. Road traffic collisions are by far the most common claim we see, so rest assured you’re not alone if you’re looking for compensation after an accident.

We understand it can be daunting to file a road traffic accident claim, so we’ve put together a list of things you’ll need that will increase the likelihood of your claim being successful.

What do I need to make a road traffic accident claim?

The more information you can get about the accident and the scene, the better. At the time, in the stress and confusion of the situation it can be difficult to remember everything you need. We recommend you familiarise yourself with the list below, or even better – keep a note of it in your car.

To make a successful road traffic accident claim more likely, you will need:

  • Details of the other driver(s) and any passengers: name and contact details
  • Insurance details of any drivers involved
  • Details of any vehicles involved: make, model, colour, registration plate
  • Location, time and date of the accident
  • Weather, visibility and road conditions at the time of the incident
  • Details of any damage to any of the vehicles
  • Photographs of any damage to the vehicles, marks on the road
  • Contact details of any witnesses
  • Anything else that could be relevant to claim, for example, did the collision occur in rush hour

Photographs are incredibly beneficial for a road accident claim. Though insurers often inspect vehicles manually, photographs of the scene can assist the police in determining the cause of the accident and who is at fault. The more you can get, the better – even if it seems insignificant to you, it could help support your claim, so take photos of the smallest dent and scratch that has been caused by the collision.

Choosing an accident solicitor in Manchester

When it comes to making an accident claim, choosing the right solicitor to represent you and uphold your claim is of paramount importance. You need to be sure that the solicitor is experienced and knowledgeable, your best interests at heart, and most importantly – you need to trust them. The outcome of a road traffic accident claim can be life-changing – and at Zen Law Solicitors we want to make sure it is a positive change. 

As an accident solicitor in Manchester, we’ve seen – and dealt with – all manner of traffic collision claims in our 20 years of operation. We’re friendly, approachable and committed to doing the best for you. We operate on a no win, no fee basis – and you get to keep 60% of your compensation. 

Let us help you. Get in touch today. Have a chat with us online, or call into our office on Edge Street in Manchester.

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