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Car accidents and liability


If you are involved in an accident you should think very carefully what you say at the accident scene, particularly regarding the issue of who is at fault, especially if you think it might be yours.


Admitting liability at the scene

Unless the accident was blatantly your fault, it's probably a good idea not to admit that you may be at fault. The circumstances of an accident can be affected by many different things, and bearing in mind that you may be distressed and/or suffering from shock, you may not be thinking clearly enough to take them into account.

Although you may think at the time that it is the right thing to do, it's still better to let the police accident investigators consider all the evidence before even thinking about admitting liability.

Make notes of the positions of vehicles, speeds, directions, weather conditions etc., in fact any information that may have affected the decisions you made when the accident happened.

Do not feel pressured into admitting anything at the scene of the accident by other parties involved, remember that there may be things that you have not considered that could have contributed to the situation. You are not legally obliged to admit liability at the scene of an accident, so don't feel that you have to.

If you do admit anything at the scene, bear in mind that someone could quote you in any possible resulting court case, and it will be both difficult and 'suspicious' to suddenly change your story later. You may also have problems with any insurance or compensation claims you may wish to make, leaving you without a car and possibly facing some large repair bills.


Information you will need to help with your claim

Probably one of the most important things you can do if you feel that the accident was not your fault, is to collect information from independent witnesses.

There is nothing more valuable than a statement from someone who is not connected in any way to the drivers involved, or the circumstances that caused the accident. An independent witness will have no vested interest in the welfare of either party and so their impartiality can prove crucial in establishing the facts of the case.

Most people have mobile phones with built-in cameras these days,so if your phone has a camera then there are a number of things you could take pictures of that might help support your case.

  • Positions of the vehicles at the scene

  • Damage to the vehicles involved

  • Damage to property, barriers or other roadside equipment

  • Number plates of the vehicles involved

  • Skid marks

Remember that if you are involved in an accident you could be injured, suffering from shock and experiencing a whole range of possible emotions.

Under these conditions anyone can inadvertently say things that they might regret later. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm, and not admit to anything. Gather as much information as you can at the scene and contact your insurer or claims advisor as soon as you can.

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Please call Car Call UK on 02392 484 244 or start your free claim enquiry online using the button below, and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.
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