Being involved in a car accident abroad is never nice or wanted. Here is a handy guide showing the process of what to do if this happens to you. If your accident is outside the European Union, the process may differ.
What are your rights?
Your rights are governed by the EU Motor Insurance Directives, making it much easier for you to claim for an accident abroad.
What to do?
Contact the police
The local police should always be your first call if you are involved in a car crash abroad. In most countries, the police must attend any accident involving a foreign vehicle.
Documentation you need to produce
Do not sign or accept any liability other than the European Accident Statement or Constat Amiable. This document is to ensure that all parties to the accident exchange relevant information and agree how the accident happened. You must get a copy of this and be understanding of the other parties written statement.
You will be asked to produce:
Your driving licence;
The registration document for the vehicle to provide ownership;
Your insurance certificate or Green Card (this proves your minimum insurance cover for the country you are driving in – ask your insurer for this prior to travel and check your level of cover for the duration of your trip)
Contact your insurer
Immediately contact your insurer in the event of an accident. They will provide you with relevant contact information dependant on the severity of the incident.
Rights to compensation
Having a car accident whilst abroad can cause untold levels of distress. Here at Gowing Law we understand this and want to provide a completely confidential service that helps you get the compensation necessary for the distress and injury caused by the accident.
At Gowing Law Solicitors our goal is to handle your case quickly and efficiently, so you can get the funds you need to rebuild your life. Fill out the contact form and we’ll contact you shortly to set up a consultation. You can also call us at 0161 808 8888 to talk to one of the Team today.