IT’S been crowned the most high-profile traffic accident on the UK roads – and one that has triggered a right Royal rumpus and public debate as a result.
When Prince Phillip, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover overturned after being in collision with another car on a public road near to the private Sandringham Estate, it raised many safety questions about whether motorists aged 97 – like the Duke – should be allowed to get behind the wheel.
Especially as he was photographed not wearing a seat-belt just days after the incident.
Celebrities ranging from former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson to actress Kathy Burke all hit the media headlines by weighing into the argument. So did Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan.
And the family travelling in the other vehicle are now reportedly considering their own legal action against the Duke for the injuries they suffered and which required hospital treatment.
Now the dust – quite literally – has settled after the collision, it does raise some important reminders about what you should do if you are involved in any road accident … whether it involves a member of the Royal Family or not!
If you are seeking personal injury compensation for your injuries – from whiplash to more severe injuries – it’s important to take the right steps from the outset to strengthen your personal injury claim.
• Medical attention must be sought as soon as possible, which will assist with any evidence-gathering exercise.
• Accurate records must of course be kept at all times.
• This will of course be addressed by doctors/nurses which will attend you shortly after any accident.
• Take photographic evidence of vehicles involved, including a clear photo of the registration, damage, position post-accident and of the other driver if possible.
• Confirm the number of people in the other vehicle(s)
• Keep receipts to support any out-of-pocket expenses incurred.
• It would also be worthwhile to keep an accurate log on not just sustained physical trauma, but of course your emotional wellbeing and how this affects your daily life.
• Witnesses will be key. The sooner a claim is brought the more likely they can provide accurate statements and their recollection of events, of course, will be clearer.
• File your personal injury claim as soon as possible.
• The rules in personal injury are very time sensitive. To provide a personal injury claim the claim must have been brought by three years from the date of the accident (for adults).
• Failure to act within the time frame will prevent you, under law, from making a claim.
Meanwhile, in this case, the world waits to see if there could be a potential litigation case facing the Crown. We will soon find out, should the injured party wish to pursue a personal injury claim.
• If you have been affected by events like the above, or have any questions or concerns regarding accidents of any nature and mounting a personal injury claim, please do not hesitate to contact this article’s author, Trainee Solicitor Alexandra Knight, or other members of our experienced Personal Injury team here at Milners to advise and assist on 0113 245 0852 or email us at hello@milnerslaw