I’m trying hard but I can’t think of a time when I had an accident that wasn’t my fault.
When I first moved to Bristol I had a car accident where I managed to write off three cars, including one parked on an Avis forecourt, but that definitely was my fault. I wasn’t really having a very good day and I sort of forgot that I was driving around a dual carriageway/one way system. Still, on the plus side, I did help Belle tick off one of the things on her bucket list that day.
“I always wanted to be in a car accident,” she told me, “but I always imagined it would be the last thing I’d tick off because I’d be dead.”
I was pleased then to have been able to involve her in a non-fatal car accident. A proud parenting moment indeed.
If you do find yourself in an accident that isn’t the result of carelessness or clumsiness on your part, here’s what not to do:
Obviously instinct is to burst into tears and throw yourself onto the floor but it’s best to stay calm if you can. Don’t worry too much about what you’re going to do a day, week or month down the line – concentrate on each next step and keep your cool. You can always have a cry later on under the duvet when no one is looking.
Don’t brush it off
Even if you feel embarrassed and just want to go about your day it’s best to take a moment to gather your thoughts just in case you want to take further action at any point. Take photos of the scene and any injuries and collect contact details of any witnesses; better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t forget to contact the relevant authorities
This could be the police, a manager at work, a union – whatever it is do make sure you register the accident with the right people if only so that you have an official record should you need to pursue any sort of claim or formal complaint. If you need any kind of medical attention do go and see a doctor or visit the hospital as soon as possible.
Don’t be afraid to seek legal advice
Many of us are reluctant to seek legal advice after an accident, worried about complicated processes, costs or stigma, but it doesn’t do any harm to at least explore your options. Getting in touch with a company like Tranter Cleere Solicitors doesn’t put you under any obligation to pursue a claim but at least you’ll know where you stand. You’ll get to talk to an experienced solicitor, won’t have to pay anything if you don’t win and you could end up with some cash in your pocket.