Start your claim now

There were 131,220 road traffic casualties in the UK from July 2019 – June 2020, 1,580 of which were fatal.

With roads throughout the UK a major risk for both drivers and pedestrians alike, we decided to run a survey to find out how many Brits knowingly break driving laws. From drink driving to speeding, using your phone and more, it’s time to find out which cities are home to the most dangerous drivers in the country.

Bristol has the most dangerous drivers

Out of the whole of the UK, we can reveal it’s Bristol’s roads that are home to the most dangerous drivers in the country, followed by London, Cardiff, Leeds and Glasgow.

Whilst 97% of Brits agree that being distracted whilst driving is dangerous, 48% admit to eating and drinking whilst driving, and 47% admit to both driving whilst being tired, and speeding.

With 33% of Brits saying they’re nervous drivers, that’s not really a surprise, considering the number of people that do commit illegal acts whilst driving; yet 34% say they’re not aware of all of the rules and regulations.

86% of Brits think that the government should be doing more to prevent dangerous driving – and once you’ve read these stats, if you’re not currently in agreeance with this statement, you soon will be…

Leeds is the speeding capital of the UK

Bristol might have the most dangerous drivers in the UK, but only 13% admitted to driving over the speeding limit; whereas in Leeds, 53.6% say they’ve driven faster than they should.

Over 50% of drivers in Norwich, Bristol and Cardiff also admitted to speeding in the past too. Whilst Southampton has the lowest number of pedal-happy drivers, nearly 40% of those surveyed admitted to speeding, which is still a very high statistic.

27.7% of Birmingham drivers use their phones whilst driving

It’s a close competition, but Birmingham comes out on top with the most number of drivers using their phones, followed by London, at 27.7% and 27.2% respectively. The first laws relating to using phones whilst driving was introduced in December 2003; and since March 2017, drivers caught using a phone will get six points on their licence, and a £200 fine.

Cardiff is the capital of driving over the limit

In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, the alcohol limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, and in Scotland, it’s 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Shockingly, 17% of Cardiff drivers have admitted to getting behind the wheel whilst drinking over the limit, with Norwich and Bristol drivers in second and third place. In contrast, Edinburgh was the only city in the country where no one admitted to drink driving – and in fact, no one from Edinburgh said they drove under the influence of drugs, or applied makeup whilst driving.

19% of Brits say they don’t know the rules for driving after having a drink, but most shockingly, is that 22% of people surveyed thought that having a drink POSITIVELY impacted their abilities as a driver.

You might think that driving 5 miles over the speed limit doesn’t pose any real threat, or that just having that one extra drink won’t effect you at all; but the truth is, these actions could have catastrophic – and deadly – consequences.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a road traffic accident and are looking for compensation, get in touch to find out how we can help you. Alternatively, head on over to our blog for more information.

When you have a road traffic accident, it can be bad enough. But if the accident was a hit and run, then it can make you feel even worse. You may not know where to turn, or if you can make a claim for hit and run accidents at all. However, The Compensation Experts are here to help.

There have been recent reports of hit and run accidents in the UK, involving both drivers and pedestrians. If you have a hit and run accident, there are certain rules you must follow. For example, you must report your accident to the police. You must do this when the accident happens, or soon after.

hit and run accidents

Motor Insurers Bureau Claims after Hit and Run Accidents

If the road accident was caused by an uninsured or untraced driver, you may still be able to make a claim. This claim is from the Motor Insurers Bureau

The Motor Insurers Bureau is an organisation that insurance companies pay into in an accident with these drivers. This would be the case if the accident was a hit and run accident. The Motor Insurers Bureau will then pay the compensation rather than the insurance company.

If you are hit by a car as a pedestrian and you did not get the details of the driver, you may also be able to make a claim for compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau.

You can also make Motor Insurers’ Bureau claims if you have an accident involving a driver who is uninsured.

MIB Minor Injuries Claims

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau are also covered for claims following the whiplash reforms. They recently announced the launch of Official Injury Claim, a new free and official service for people who suffer road traffic accident related minor injuries, such as whiplash, to claim compensation without the need for legal representation.

Developed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, this easy-to-use online service guides someone through the process of making a claim, obtaining a medical report, managing that claim and, if their claim is successful, receiving compensation.

They state that Official Injury Claim can be used for claims up to £5,000 for a personal injury, rising to a total of £10,000 for all losses related to the accident (such as loss of earnings and damage to your car and property).

A claim can be made if:

  • someone is aged 18 or over
  • the accident happened in England or Wales
  • the accident happened on or after the 31st May 2021
  • someone was inside a vehicle
  • someone believes the accident was not their fault

The new service has been built to make the claims process inclusive and accessible to as many people as possible.

How We Can Help with Claiming for Hit and Run Accidents

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience in personal injury claims. This includes hit and run accidents, and other uninsured or untraceable driver claims. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Deafblindness is far more common than many people realise; around 400,000 people are affected by sight and hearing loss in the UK. Deafblindness is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where your communication, mobility, and ability to access information are impacted. This includes ‘progressive’ sight and hearing loss, where your sight and hearing may deteriorate over a period. Deafblindness is often also referred to as ‘dual sensory loss’ or ‘dual sensory impairment’. Accidents that cause deafblindness are likely to cause serious injuries.

Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

One of the most common types of injury that can cause deafblindness is head or brain injury. There are many causes of head injury. These include accidents at work, road traffic accidents as a driver, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, and falling from height.

After an accident that causes deafblindness, you will almost certainly have to make drastic changes to your life. You may need modifications to your home, or may even have to move into assisted living, you may also have to give up both work and driving, and you may need assistance from a carer to complete day-to-day activities.

Accidents that cause deafblindness

Serious Injury Claims

Serious injuries can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s quality of life. Examples include brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, severe burns and blindness.

Anyone who sustains a serious injury will be facing a less-independent future in which they will require expert care and support. On a practical level, they may have to change jobs or give up work altogether which can place a strain on their finances. You may need specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics or visual aids and you may need to make modifications to your home. Some injured persons will require 24-hour ongoing support.

No amount of compensation can reverse the impact of a serious injury but it can cover the cost of rehabilitation. Our panel of serious injury claims solicitors are on hand to ensure that you get all the care and support you need.

Claiming Compensation for Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

No two injuries are the same, therefore there is no one answer to how much compensation you could claim for an accident that causes deafblindness. However, there are guidelines that indicate how much you could potentially claim. These are the Judicial College Guidelines, and they estimate how much someone may be able to claim for injuries. The Judicial College Guidelines state that, for an accident that causes deafblindness, you could claim in the region of £322,060.

Claiming on behalf of someone else

If a loved one suffers an accident that causes deafblindness, they may be unable to make a claim for themselves. If a loved one is dependent on you, then you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. The person who makes the claim on behalf of the injured person must be their next-of-kin.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents that cause deafblindness. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

A serious injury is usually life changing. It can alter your life physically and may also impact you mentally. Specialist care and support may become necessary, and you may also have to rethink your employment, living arrangements, personal care, and daily activities. For some people, serious injury will put an end to their working lives. This is why serious injury compensation claims are important.

Some common examples of serious injuries include:

  • Amputations
  • Brain and head injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Burns and skin damage
  • Back and spinal injuries

Any type of accident has the potential to cause catastrophic injury, therefore causes of serious injuries can be varied and can include motorcycle accidents, falls from height, public accidents, accidents at work and road traffic accidents.

Making a Serious Injury Compensation Claim

We understand that after you have had an accident, especially a serious accident, the last thing you may want to do is make a claim. However, anyone who sustains a serious injury will be facing a less-independent future in which they will require expert care and support. On a practical level, they may have to change jobs or give up work altogether which can place a strain on their finances. Specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics or visual aids may be needed, and modifications may need to be made to the family home. Some injured persons will require 24-hour ongoing support. The solicitors we work with can help you cover some of the financial costs associated with a serious injury. These costs include:

  • Continuing treatments such as physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mobility aids
  • Changes to your home or vehicle
  • Other equipment that can make life easier
  • Loss of earnings

Are There Any Time Limits for Making Serious Injury Compensation Claims?

Court proceedings for serious injury claims must be issued within three years of the accident or the date on which you became aware that you had suffered a serious injury as a result of the accident if this is later.

For children, the three-year period does not start to run until the child’s 18th birthday.

Can Serious Injury Claims Be Made on Behalf of Someone Else?

If the injuries are too serious for a person to bring their own claim, perhaps due to brain injury, then a claim may be made on their behalf. Such Claimants are known as “protected parties.”

The person who makes a claim on behalf of a protected party is called a “litigation friend.” The litigation friend will be responsible for conducting the claim and negotiating the compensation settlement in the best interests of the protected party. In cases of incapacity, the three-year window for making a claim does not start to run until the injured person recovers the ability to conduct litigation for themselves.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes serious injury claims. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

No matter the type of accident you have, reporting your accident is important. It is important for a number of reasons, including for proof of your accident happening. Other reasons include: so the other party knows the accident happened, loss of earnings due to taking time off work, medical reasons, and to ensure it does not happen again.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) more than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents every year, with thousands more having injuries.

Reporting Your Accident at Work

If you have an accident at work, it is important to report the accident to your employer. In workplaces where there is an accident book, you must make sure you log the accident in there. If not, you must report the accident verbally to a manager or supervisor.

When reporting your accident at work, it is important to note down the date and time of the accident, the cause of the accident, whether there were any witnesses, the treatment you had, and the amount of time you had to take off work.

Reporting Your Accident in a Public Place

Having an accident in a public place may mean that there are a few people that you need to think about when reporting your accident. If you fell in a shop, you need to report your accident to the shop owner or manager. Most shops will also have an accident book or form, so it is important to fill that in too.

If you have an accident on the street, for example, a trip on the pavement, then you will need to report your accident to the council. However, if the council have sent you a claims form, it is important that you do not fill that in and send back if you would like to make a personal injury claim. Nevertheless, the council does need to know about any defects in pavements or roads, so it is still important to report your accident.

Reporting Your Accident on the Road

If you have an accident on the road, for example, a road traffic accident, there are a couple of people you may need to think about reporting your accident to. You must report the accident to your insurance, and take the details of the other person involved in the accident. This is usually their name, registration number and insurance details.

You may also need to report your accident to the police. This is almost always the case in road traffic accidents, as the police are usually called to the scene. If they are not, it is still important to report your accident to them.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience in dealing with all types of personal injury claims. This includes accidents at work, accidents in public places, and accidents on the road. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

The festive season is no doubt the busiest time of year for delivery drivers, and this year they are busier than ever. With everyone staying at home, and online shopping increasing, the extra work may mean that delivery drivers have more work accidents.

The Christmas rush means that there will be more delivery drivers on roads. There are many work accidents that delivery drivers can face, from road traffic accidents to manual handling accidents, and even accidents on customer’s property.

Manual Handling Accidents

One of the biggest causes of work accidents to delivery drivers is manual handling accidents. They often happen due to inadequate or incorrect training. They could also happen due to vans being overloaded.

Employers must ensure that all their staff have the correct training to do manual handling work. If you have had inadequate or incorrect training, your employer may be at fault for your accident. The most common injuries from manual handling accidents are back injuries, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

Your employer must follow the rules set out in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. This reduces the chances of accidents happening and is designed to protect staff.

Road Traffic Accidents

Having a road traffic accident at any time is bad but having one whilst you are working is even worse. The main cause of road traffic accidents is careless driving. If you have a road traffic accident whilst at work, you must make sure you report the accident to your employer as well as getting the details of the other driver and, if necessary, contacting the police.

Work Accidents whilst delivering

Another work accident that a delivery driver may have is an accident on the property where they are delivering. This could be a slip, trip or fall, a manual handling accident, or even a dog bite. There are various people who may be at fault if you have an accident on the property of the place you are delivering to.

If it is a business, then it is the business owner who may be at fault. This is especially true if you tripped on uneven paving. In this case, the blame could also fall with the local council, so it is important to take pictures of the defect.

If you are injured at someone’s house, and the person you are making the delivery to owns their property, it is the homeowner who may be at fault. There are certain specifics depending on the accident if it may be the homeowner who is at fault. These include insurance and ability to pay.

It is always important to report the accident to your employer. This is also true if you had the accident whilst you were out doing your deliveries.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents at work. So contact us today by filling in our contact form, or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable advisors.

Whiplash is an apparently minor injury sustained in the event of a car accident or collision that throws your spine, neck and head quickly forward and backwards. It’s a painful and inconvenient injury to suffer, and in many cases, it’s the fault of another party who’s collided with your vehicle from behind. If this is the case, it’s best that you’re made aware of your rights so that you can plan for compensation for what is a troubling and disruptive injury. This article looks at those rights, and how you can work towards a claim that’ll grant you compensation for your injury.

Was Another Party Involved?

The first question you have to ask in the event of sustaining a whiplash injury is: is someone else to blame? That could be the person you collided with, or who collided with you. It could be the person who walked in front of your car, forcing you to perform an emergency stop. Or it could be the driver with their lights on full beam who dazzled you while you were driving.

Think through if there’s anyone who might be liable in the event of your whiplash injury. If you are yourself at fault, and you accept 100% responsibility, then you won’t have the right to make a claim. But in many cases, it’s difficult to assign 100% responsibility to one party in a multi-party injury scenario, so for those others involved, you may well be able to assign liability. So, ask yourself: how much can I claim for whiplash injury?

Personal Whiplash Injury Rights

So, as you’ve established that there are other people or another person partially or fully liable for the injury you suffered in your vehicle, it’s time to talk through your rights. If you find you have whiplash (this often needs to be verified by a doctor), you have the right to claim compensation. Compensation not only for the damage to your vehicle, but for the pain of the whiplash, the hospital and pharmaceutical fees, and the effect the injury has had on your lifestyle.

The best way to go about seeking compensation is to approach an experienced specialist who’s worked on many hundreds of whiplash cases just like yours. Where you’ll only know your basic rights, they’ll know the ins and outs of the law, and what you’ll be able to whiplash injury claim for, and the percentage culpability you’ll be able to assign to those other parties involved in your accident. Don’t neglect your rights when you suffer whiplash: approach a compensation specialist to help you build a case.

The Outcomes

Now that you have an injury law expert helping you to fight your case, there’s little you’ll have to do other than discuss the various outcomes of your claim. The expert will already be aware of the compensation you’re likely to win, and in some cases, the insurance companies you’re claiming against will grant a whiplash injury claim without fighting them first. In any case, you’ll be in open discussions with our legal team about the compensation we expect you are due – so you can relax and await the compensation that your rights affirm you are due. Remember: it’s a no win no fee whiplash claim. If you don’t win any money, you’ll not owe any, either.

So many of us take the ability to hop into our car and travel wherever we like as a given. That is until we lose that very freedom to do so. In short, knowing your rights in a car accident is important.

Effectively, it can be an extremely traumatic occurrence, especially if it wasn’t your fault. As a result of the collision, you may have suffered serious injury and damage to the vehicle. If so, it’s essential that you understand and protect your rights in a car accident. Particularly if the accident comes down to someone else’s carelessness.

The first step to getting a resolution to your case is:

  • knowing what these rights are, and;
  • the next steps that you’ll need to take.

Here are your rights in a car accident

To call 999

Whether or not you’re at fault, you have every right to call emergency services and receive necessary treatment. Even if the other party:

  • pleads with you not to phone for emergency help, or;
  • is keen to resolve the case between you both.

Regardless, it’s still essential that you call the police or emergency services, as you may suffer from internal injuries. A police report is also an important form of evidence in dealing with insurance and making a claim. Therefore, don’t let the other party talk you out of it: think about the best interests of the other party.

To receive compensation

If you were injured in the accident or your vehicle was damaged, you have the right to make a claim against the person or group of people responsible for the incident. Always be sure to take as many photographs as you can. Namely, pictures of the damage to both vehicles, as well as external injuries you may suffer from. If you think you’re suffering from a severe injury, it’s wise to make a medical injury claim. Also be sure to capture photos of road conditions, streets signs or anything other potential collision factors.

To talk to witnesses

If you notice that there are any witnesses around, you need them on the record. Take note of their name and contact details, as it’s information you may need these for insurance or compensation purposes. You should always encourage any witnesses to recall their point of view of what they saw to the police. In turn, their testimony is a vital aspect in the police report and result in you getting what you deserve.

To remain silent

After the accident has occurred, you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to contact the other party, their insurance company or solicitors. If the other party continuously and needlessly harasses you over the case, you need to alert the police.

Not to apologise

Although you’re in shock after the accident, try to maintain calm. Above all, continually apologising to the other party is a No-No. Such a simple phrase can determine whether or not you will end up taking full responsibility for the accident. Therefore, even if you believe you’re in the wrong, wait until the release of the details before you settle on taking the blame.

Though great for your health and the environment, cycling poses several risks of its own. The lack of protection from other drivers and even unsafe road conditions could turn your comfortable bike ride to work into a disastrous accident. Therefore, cycling accident compensation claims are a difficult reality in the UK.

In many cases, these injuries might occur due to the negligence of another party.

For example, say the driver of a car doesn’t check their blind spot and strikes you. You can subsequently sue them for compensation. An improperly paved road that caused you to lose control could mean you have a case against the city.

The difficulty in these cases, and why you should always hire an experienced attorney, is that in most cases the furthest a plaintiff can go with their case of negligence is contributory negligence, which puts both parties to blame for the accident. Not know how to make personal injury claims? Read on.

Can You Claim for Cycling Accident Compensation?

Indeed, you can. Just as you can claim compensation after a driving accident. Or, if a car strikes you as a pedestrian.

So, too, can a person claim compensation as a cyclist. In fact, you’ve mostly the same rights, too. Not a moment too soon, either: there exists significant cycling accident statistics in the UK. In 2018, RoSPA reports 4,106 serious injuries and over 13 thousand slight injuries amongst cyclists.

What are the Complications When Making a Claim?

Even if this is the case, there are some complications. A pedestrian struck on the pavement has no responsibility in the accident. Accordingly, the vehicle that hits them violates the rules of the road.

As cyclists and motorists share the road, however, this can make compensation claims a bit more tricky. This is because the cyclist faces distractions at the time of the accident.

As a cyclist, it’s your responsibility to be attentive at all times. Other elements can also be a distraction when making a compensation claim.

  • For example, listening to music on the way to work or;
  • Alternatively, taking a drink from your water bottle.

Although this may be true, this does not rule out your ability to win a claim. However, it does increase the likelihood that the amount you receive will be deducted. This is what often happens because these cases are contributorily negligent. In other words, you were partly to blame for the accident. The case is, if you face no distractions, you will be able to stop in time or avoid the accident.

The other complication is that judges, in general, aren’t very familiar with cycling injuries and accidents. That is why hiring a knowledgeable lawyer can help, as they will explain in legal terms the case in a way the judge can understand.

The Issue of Distractions

Contributory negligence does not mean you won’t receive compensation. It just means the total amount they award you is subject to a discount, sometimes by as much as 25%.

However, the exact amount will depend on how complicit the judge believes you were in the accident. The argument holds then that – if you face distractions – you can, therefore, ride away, stop, or otherwise minimise the accident from occurring.

If a driver breaks the law while injuring you (instead of, say, turning lanes without checking their blind spot), then you have a very solid case.

What to Do If You Have Been a Victim to a Cycling Accident

If you have been the victim of a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, then you will want to:

  1. Seek Out a Lawyer.
  2. Seek Out Professional Rehabilitation.

By doing so, you give yourself the best chance of being compensated for a personal injury accident claim.

Cycling AccidentsAt the start of every year, gyms and roads across Britain become littered with people jogging, cycling and generally trying to get fit, and 2019 is no different. Over the last couple of years, cycling has become an increasingly popular way to keep fit and commute to work. The reason behind this is most likely the awareness around becoming a greener nation and the success of our cycling teams and riders; however, many people seem to forget that it can be very dangerous if you do not take the proper precautions.

Recent statistics show that there are around 18,000 cycling accidents on our road every year, which is very low compared to car traffic collisions. However, these statistics also show that cycling accidents are far more serious than car accidents. A report by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has revealed that per billion vehicle miles, 1,011 pedal cyclists are killed or seriously injured, in comparison to 26 car drivers.

Perhaps the most surprising fact to come out of the report was that you are more likely to be involved in a cycling accident during the day than in the evening, with 80% occurring in daylight. There are probably many reasons for this – busier roads during the day, more urgency to be somewhere ie. work and maybe due to many cyclists’ efficiency to wear high vis equipment and lights, which make it far safer in the evenings.

What can you do if you have been in a cycling accident?

If you have been involved in a cycling accident, whether it be with a car, pedestrian or another cyclist, the experience can be very traumatic. The last thing on your mind may be thinking about claiming compensation, however, there are measures you can take in case you want to make a claim later down the line.

Firstly, if you are in a fit enough state, you may want to make a note of the incident in as much detail as possible. Modern-day smartphones all contain note-takers so try and put down everything you remember about the accident, this will help later down the line if there are any points of dispute in your claim. You will also want to note down the names and contact details of anyone involved, including registration numbers if possible.

Another brilliant thing about modern technology is the quality of cameras on our phones. Not everyone has a dash camera, and more often than not you won’t be wearing a helmet or body mounted camera, so collecting pictures of the damage to bikes, cars or any other vehicles can be beneficial. If you have any visible injuries, it is worth trying to get pictures of these too.

How to claim compensation for a cycling accident

If you are confident that someone else is to blame for an accident that you have been involved in, you may have a valid claim for compensation. Due to the statute of limitations, you have 3 years to bring a claim from when the incident first occurred, which gives you plenty of time to recover and deal with the more important things before instructing a solicitor.

On rare occasions, the person to blame (the defendant) may approach you with a monetary offer in order to settle a case before any legal proceedings have taken place, however, we would always advise against this. It is best to deal with all matters through a third party in order to protect yourself and make sure you are getting the best advice possible.

Speaking to experts

The Compensation Experts have years of experience dealing with injured cyclists and can advise you as to whether you have a valid claim, whilst putting you in touch with some of countries best traffic collision solicitors. Claiming can be a long and stressful process if you do not instruct the correct team, however, we deliver the service, expertise and care whilst delivering a swift resolution to your claim.

If you would like to speak with one of our team about an accident, why not get in touch on our Freephone number 0161 413 8765 or alternatively use one of our call back request forms found here.

We count on it so much that it public transport accidents often fly under the radar. But they really shouldn’t, thanks in part to the number of people who use public transport regularly.

Every day, thousands of people in the UK use one form or another of public transport. They trust it for any number of reasons, either to:

  • commute to work;
  • visit family and friends;
  • do the weekly shopping, and/or;
  • perhaps just to leave the car behind and go for a drink.

Millions upon Billions of public transport journeys

Last year in the UK, we made 5.2 billion passenger journeys on buses and 240 million journeys on light rail systems. The breakup of national transport networks settles into fragments of private ownership. But the use of the railways has doubled since privatisation. Moreover, most judge it, by and large, to be a safe and effective way of getting around.

Although safety, in general, is a paramount element in supplying transport services, accidents do still happen. Fatalities are thankfully rare, but buses commonly feature in accidents. Although they might not make front-page news, they can still result in back, neck or other serious injuries.

Railway safety also has its share of injuries, albeit mostly minor in nature. For the last five years of Government ready statistics, there have been at least:

  • 6,000 annual minor injuries for train passengers.
  • Between 287 and 377 annual major injuries for passengers, plus;
  • There were 586 major injuries for all kinds of people on the rails in 2018-19 alone.

RTAs versus Public Transport Accidents

In the event of a personal injury resulting from a road traffic accident, liability gets tricky. Which is why it’s always advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon after the incident as possible. The responsibility could lie with:

  • the driver;
  • the firm providing the service (in essence, the transport company);
  • another road user or;
  • the council who are responsible for road layouts and traffic lights.

We usually think of public transport accident injuries resulting from collisions, such as bus accidents. But other non-collision type injuries are more common than many would think. Slipping on wet floors of moving buses and trains is worryingly common, too. They can result in:

  • bruises;
  • fractures;
  • head injuries;
  • damage to personal belongings and;
  • the potential loss of earnings during a period of recovery.

Public transport accident: A Case Study

A case study of a passenger accident claim involves a man suffering an injury in a car crash. The cause of the crash itself, however, was another driver of the car in which he was travelling. Accordingly, the claimant suffers severe whiplash and is unable to work for three months while stuck in recovery.

As it turns out, the other driver has driver’s insurance. So we supply the relevant evidence to make a compensation claim (which includes police and medical reports). Accordingly, the driver’s insurance company acknowledges liability. And, as a result, the client receives almost £7,000 in damages.

Altering your life

These injuries are painful and debilitating to those unfortunate enough to fall victim to them. Medical treatments for public transport injuries may become necessary. Moreover, when you’re involved in an accident, it can significantly alter the course of your life. Be it the fault of a bus driver or whomever, any form of public transport has a duty of care to avoid accidents on public fares.

Say if your personal injury claim becomes a reality. In turn, a bus, train or tram accident can wreak havoc on you professionally. Therefore, you can claim for any and all loss of earnings when you:

  • Miss work;
  • Must alter your work schedule because of any injuries, or;
  • Need to change the work responsibilities you have as a result of the accidents. For instance, you work in a job where you’re on your feet and physically interactive. Subsequently, you need to switch to a desk job because the loss of mobility demands it.

What to do next?

Where you sustain injuries from avoidable circumstances, it’s imperative to seek justice. Moreover, the pursuit of a public transport accident claim can develop our ability as a society to do better.

Because through learning from these events, transport bodies can make necessary changes. In addition, these changes can mitigate the risk of such injuries happening again to someone else.

Your lawyer will build your case using relevant evidence to support your claim. For example:

  • Your medical records detailing your injuries and prognosis.
  • Reports from the police and other emergency services who respond.
  • Statements from any witnesses who see or hear your accident.
  • In addition, they might use photos or film footage of the accident site.

The time limit factor of a public transport accident

You can’t afford to dawdle, either, when it comes to public transport accidents and compensation claims. In truth, you have a three-year time limit from the date of the accident to file a claim.

Nevertheless, the sooner you act, the better your claim will turn out. Taking notes and getting your recollections, witnesses and specific relevant details down helps your case, too. With this now on the radar of your solicitor, we can help turn your injurious malady into a financial melody.

Contact us today if you feel that you need compensation for a public transport accident. Whether it causes an injury or does otherwise, we’re here to help. We use firms authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are registered in England and Wales.

Justice Secretary Liz Truss promises car insurance premiums will fall as part of a Government crackdown on compensation culture. The Justice Secretary has out a consultation paper outlining plans to put a cap on compensation awards, or even ban whiplash claims altogether.

Whiplash claims are on the increase, with one made every minute in the UK. This has led to fears that a ‘cash for crash’ culture is developing. In essence, the government wants to counter claims that the UK is the ‘whiplash capital of the world’ amongst nations.

Road traffic accident claims have nearly tripled since 2006, rising to 770,000 in 2015. The average payout per claim in 2015 was £1,850.

Reasons for the whiplash claims crackdown

George Osborne made note of similar plans last year, before stepping down in the wake of:

  • the Brexit result and;
  • David Cameron’s resignation as PM.

The Justice Secretary’s proposals go further than Osborne’s. Accordingly, they will include a cap on the payments for more serious whiplash injuries. Claims will now:

  • top out at £1,100 for injuries that take a year to recover from, and;
  • £3,500 for injuries of longer duration.

Ms Truss also plans to implement Osborne’s plans to raise the threshold.

The Tories, in essence, don’t want small claims court to fill up with for personal injuries from £1,000 to £5,000. However, the consequence may well be that victims of genuine injury cannot seek redress. In effect, victims will be unable to afford the legal help they need to do so.

In a bid to tackle so-called ‘compensation culture’, we here at The Compensation Experts wonder. Is the Government removing the right of genuine claimants to seek justice and compensation from negligent drivers? All in order to just save car insurers money?

Need to beat the whiplash claims crackdown with an expert solicitor?

If you need to make a road traffic accident claim for personal injury, please contact us today to discuss your no win, no fee claim.