Petrified of a petrolhead crash Heres what to do

You might have a crusty old banger or a sleek and supple sports car, but the outcome of poor driving will remain the same – a crash, a bang and a wallop.

Just picture the scene – you’re snaking over B roads and C roads, your foot mashing the accelerator pedal, and your speedometer veering further to the right than a Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson tag team.

The motorway feels like it’s yours and yours alone. That is, until you slam into a boxy Vauxhall Nova.

Your vehicle skids in a seemingly never-ending series of circles, before being stopped dead when it collides with a crash barrier.

Your engine is smoking. Your spine is disjointed. But you’re alive –not everyone fares quite so well.

According to government statistics, road traffic accidents increased by five per cent to 22,807 in 2014. Out of that 22,807, 1,775 people were killed.

They’re the kind of figures that could make even a dedicated petrolhead ease their foot from the accelerator pedal. Yet nothing will stop some speed freaks in their tracks. Instead, they’ll simply shrug and turn on their windshield wipers when a pedestrian mangles over their bonnet.

Safety measures are in place, however, to counteract our love of speed with at least a little responsibility.

Make YOUR claim

Aside from the obvious criminal charges a reckless driver can face, there’s another avenue altogether to make gas guzzlers shudder.

The world of car accident claims will leave bad drivers out of pocket – but it’s not all about the money.

With the claims process in place, dodgy drivers can be held to account. You could almost argue that making a claim is our civic duty, showing that the law won’t tolerate miscreants driving and causing chaos on the roads.

So what do you have to do to make a claim?

The process

First, pick up the phone. You’ll be asked to detail the events of your accident which, although a painful process, will determine its severity and whether or not your case has a leg to stand on.

After this, it’s time to make like Columbo and gather evidence. CCTV footage, speed camera documentation, previous criminal records, witness testimony, MOT documents – all these and more could give your case a real boost.

Once you’ve got your evidence sorted, the rest of the job will mainly be left to your solicitor.

You’ll have to place a huge amount of trust in your legal representation, but that trust will be more than warranted when you win your case.

Making a claim can be a stressful time, but the rewards at the end of the chase can be well worth it.

So if you’ve had a gnarly encounter with a menacing motorhead, you know exactly what to do.

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