How Hit and Run Investigations Work

A hit and run accident is when the person responsible for causing or contributing to the accident doesn’t stop – they simply drive off without leaving behind any information. This is so they can avoid any consequences of the accident.

Thousand of hit and runs take place every year in the UK, leaving behind physical and emotional injuries for those involved. For a lot of people, there is a lot of confusion about their rights as the innocent party; what happens when the other party flees the scene?

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Accident Claims: How Much Compensation Should You Get?

If you are in an accident that isn’t your fault, whether you were driving a car or were a pedestrian, you are entitled to compensation for any medical expenses you might have incurred from it. Road traffic accidents are very likely to happen, and as a result so are road accident claims.

Here at AYB Law we have a highly-trained team with expert knowledge in dealing with road traffic accident compensation claims, to ensure that you get the maximum compensation that your claim deserves.

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Road Traffic Accident Claims & MIB Compensation Claims: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever been involved in a road traffic accident, you’ll know that it can be a scary and overwhelming experience. If the accident was the fault of someone else, it’s normal to also feel angry and frustrated.

UK roads are busier than ever, which is why it’s extremely important that people drive carefully and safely. However, this isn’t always the case and it’s not surprising that road traffic accidents are becoming more of an issue. Unfortunately, holding a driving licence doesn’t make someone a good driver and accidents are often down to a silly mistake from someone not paying attention or driving properly.

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What To Do If You Are In a Cycling Accident

Cyclists are extremely vulnerable when out and about, especially when cycling on busy roads or in heavy traffic. They don’t have the same protective barrier as a car; therefore it’s far more likely that they will be seriously injured if an accident was to occur. Even the most experienced cyclists need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

For a cyclist, there is probably nothing scarier than being involved in a road accident. If you’re the one on the bike, it’s important that you follow the appropriate steps so that you reduce the chances of being severely injured.

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How to Deal When Dealing With An Accident In The Workplace

The term “accidents happen” is a phrase all to commonly tossed about the workplace and our personal lives. In a previous post, we talked about how often accidents happen and, though the facts and figures are there for you to marvel at, we decided that this time, we’d talk a little bit about you. Continue reading

Different Types of Car Accidents

Car accidents can happen at any time. In fact, they actually happen an awful lot in the UK. Figures recently released by the government revealed that there was a staggering 1,775 reported road deaths in just 2014 alone.

There are a lot of potential causes of road accidents, which is something that we looked at recently.  However, there is also a large number of different types of car accidents – some a lot more serious than others.

Have you ever been involved in a car accident? Do you know the different types?

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Will Driverless Cars Really Eliminate Road Accidents?

Picture this: a driverless car is driving along a road with two passengers inside. Suddenly a speeding truck switches lanes and heads straight in the direction of the car. The driverless car has the choice of swerving onto a crowded pavement and putting many people’s lives in danger, or staying on its current path and putting the passenger’s lives in risk. Which choice should the computer make? And should the computer even be allowed to choose one person’s life over another? Continue reading

What Happens to Your Hit and Run Claim?

We’ve already looked at the steps that should be taken if you find yourself the victim of a hit and run, and how to identify a hit and run from other types of car accidents, but after you make your claim and seek hit and run compensation, you might be wondering what happens next. Where does the claim go, who deals with it, and how can the whole process be sped up and made simpler? Continue reading

Essential Advice: What to Do if You Are in a Car Accident

It is something that every driver hopes will never happen, but no matter how careful you are on the road, you may be involved in an accident. In 2014, there were 192,910 reported casualties on British roads; a 5% increase on the year before. This shows that accidents on our roads are a major issue and something that every driver should be aware of.

At AYB Law, we’re committed to ensuring that those who are involved in an accident that was not their fault receive the compensation they deserve, so here is our advice for what you should do if you are involved in a car accident.

Immediately After the Accident

When you are involved in an accident, no matter how severe it is or who caused it, it is vital that you stop. Failing to stop after an accident is an offence under the Road Traffic Act, and you may be prosecuted.

Make sure that your vehicle is as out of the way of oncoming traffic as possible. You must make sure that your car engine is turned off, you have applied your handbrake and you have turned your hazard lights on to warn approaching vehicles.

If someone has been injured, it is vital that you call 999 as soon as possible and ask for an ambulance and the police. You must also call the police if you have been involved in a hit and run or the accident is blocking the road.

Collecting and Giving Information

If you are involved in a car accident, you are obliged to give your information to anyone else involved, and they must also give their information to you.

At this point, you must not accept blame for the accident or apologise until you know what precisely caused the accident. Your priority must be to ensure that anyone who has been injured is taken care of appropriately and that you get all the necessary information from the other party.

Where possible, you must get the following information from any drivers, passengers or witnesses of the accident:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact Number

It is also important to find out if the other driver/s are insured and licensed, as this will impact on your insurance claim and your ability to be awarded additional compensation.

Car accidents must be reported to police within 24 hours, as failure to do so is an offence and can result in a fine, penalty points on your licence or disqualification from driving.

If a driver leaves the scene without giving their details, call 999 immediately.

Hit and Run Accidents

In a hit and run accident, you will in nearly all circumstances not know any of the above information about the other driver.

If this is the case, you should try to remember as much as you can about the other car in order to try and identify the driver. This information includes:

  • Information about the driver – gender, clothing, physical appearance etc.
  • Information about the car – colour, make, model etc.
  • Registration number

Appeal to any witnesses of the accident, as they may have noticed details that you may have missed. Note all this information down and then call 999 immediately.

Additional Information

There are additional details that may be vital to your insurance or compensation claim, and therefore you should try to collect as much information as possible about the accident.

These details vary depending on the circumstances of the accident, and often include:

  • Registration numbers of all cars involved
  • Information about the cars involved
  • Time and date of the crash
  • Description of weather and driving conditions at time of accident
  • Damage caused to vehicles and injuries caused – note if anyone was hospitalised
  • Names and contact information of witnesses and police officers

Claiming Compensation

The next step of the process is claiming compensation, and if you have been in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to a significant payment.

If you wish to claim compensation or you require more information about hit and run and MIB claims, AYB Law can help you. For a free assessment, contact us today by calling 0800 0443 495.