What is a Road Traffic Accident Claim?
Have you had a road traffic accident that was not your fault?
A road traffic accident claim ranges from minor injuries that heal quickly with no long-term consequences to life altering injuries which may limit physical and cognitive functions, or even death. Of all the personal injuries we deal with road traffic accidents are the most common form of accident claims. Every day at The Compensation Experts we assist victims of road traffic injuries where the accident was not their fault. Such accidents leave their victims with physical and mental pain but also financial vulnerability. If you have been a victim of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault. Speak to the Compensation Experts Today.
Making a road traffic claim and receiving compensation is not just about the money. A successful claim can help you obtain the medical support and financing needed to make a full recovery and can protect yours and your family’s future. The aftermath of a road traffic accident can be complicated and expensive. Made worse by medical bills, prescriptions, loss of income, possibly your partners if they have to take time off work to care for you, and replacing personal belongings. As well as covering medical costs and other immediate costs in the aftermath of a road traffic accident, claiming compensation can also cover future costs such as a loss in pension or income if you are unable to return to work, or you have to reduce your hours or change industry. It could also cover the cost of future care, or modifications needed for your car or house.
At the Compensation Experts we look at what you need for the present and the future to ensure you can move forward with confidence and maintain a good quality of life and access to resources. As at the heart of every claim is a person who simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time has been adversely affected physically, emotionally, and financially. Claiming compensation can help recuperate these losses for the present and future.
Types of Road Traffic Accident Claims
There are many types of road traffic accidents that you can make claims ranging from minor injuries to severe, to even death. Here are examples of road traffic accident claims:
- Whiplash claims
- Fractured bones & Dislocated Joint claims
- Shock Claims
- Lacerations or abrasions claims
- Sprains or strains claims
- Brain & Spinal Injury Claims
- Amputations claims
- Internal Injuries Claims
- Death claims
Road traffic accident can result from:
- Driver distractions – changing music, reading texts, smoking
- Driver negligence- driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving dangerously
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance- incorrect tyre pressure, lack of windscreen wash, blunt wiper blades
- Poor Road Condition- large pot holes, slippery surfaces after spillage, poorly signed roadworks
Road Traffic Accident Claims Case Study
At the Compensation Experts we work tirelessly to help you get the compensation you deserve. We believe no one deserves to be cheated out of their quality of life, at the expense of another person’s mistake. That’s why we help victims of road traffic accidents recuperate their losses.
For example, a successful road traffic accident claim of ours was a woman who was struck by a car on a dangerous stretch of road for pedestrians. She was left with significant long term damage to her brain and needed ongoing medical care. She lived in a part of the country where the NHS resources for her injuries were overstretched, she was unable to access the necessary resources for her care. The personal injury solicitor we paired her with was able to get her access to the necessary rehabilitation treatment.
Another example of our hard work and expertise to help victims of road traffic accidents make a successful claim, is a father who was involved in a car crash on holiday riding a motorbike. He was left with lasting paralysis and traumatic spinal injury. This meant he could not return to work and needed daily medical care. Our solicitors worked hard to get the necessary compensation to cover medical care, loss of income, loss of pension but also to pay for a domestic worker to alleviate the stress of his partner who worked full time.
At the Compensation Experts we work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Why Choose The Compensation Experts?
At The Compensation Experts, we work with the UK’s leading personal injury lawyers, who specialise in road traffic accident compensation and who have a proven track record in successful claims.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to answer any questions you may have about whether you can claim compensation and how to do it, so you can make an informed decision about how you are going to proceed. Our clients have access to highly trained and knowledgeable legal advisors and lawyers who will keep you informed of the progress of your claim each step of the way in a language you understand rather than confusing and unnecessary legal jargon.
No one wants to be in a position where they are entitled to claim compensation, but if you are, then you want the Compensation Experts on your side who understand what you are going through and have the experience and expertise to obtain the maximum compensation.
Can I Claim Compensation?
Road traffic accidents can happen despite all the necessary safety precautions being taken, and there was no one to blame. Although if you have been a victim of an accident, where you believe another person was at fault you may be entitled to claim compensation. . As long as you can demonstrate evidence that the accident was not your fault but another person’s fault. This is why at the Compensation Experts we work with the best lawyers who understand the nuances of road traffic accident claims to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
What evidence can be used to strengthen your claim? The evidence that our lawyers can use to help bolster your claim can be:
- Police reports, if they attended the scene (which they should do if someone has been even slightly injured)
- Photographs of the site taken at the time of the accident if possible, or soon afterwards, together with photos of your vehicle and the other party’s vehicle, and your injuries. It also helps to have relevant information such as whether it was raining, if there was heavy traffic, and what visibility was like.
- A sketch of the road layout and markings, and the position of the vehicles
- Statements from witnesses who saw or heard your accident, and statements from other people who may have had a similar accident at the same location.
- Photographs of your injury and your medical notes
- Receipts & Records of expense incurred as a result of the accident. Such as travel costs, medical treatments, wage slips.
- Keeping a daily diary. Noting any actions you take relating to your accident such as talking to your employer, seeing your doctor, phoning your insurance company. Or keeping record of your physical and emotional state. Even if you don’t think it might be necessary it’s better to note it down, as all these details will play a cumulative role in calculating your compensation payment.
It’s paramount that you prove that you were injured. Even if another person caused the accident and they were completely to blame, if you were not injured then you have no grounds to claim compensation.
Can I Claim Road Traffic Accident Compensation for Someone Else?
You can raise a compensation claim on behalf of a family member or close friend if they are a minor if they lack the mental capacity to do so. The process is similar to if you were claiming for yourself. However, any compensation paid would go into a trust with trustees allocated by the court to administer money on the injured person’s behalf.
How Do I Make a Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim?
After you have talked to The Compensation Experts and we have verified your claim has a high chance of succeeding, we will carefully select a road traffic accident solicitor. Your solicitor will gather the necessary evidence and write to the people you believe to be responsible, asking them to accept liability and pay compensation. The other party has 21 days from receipt of this letter to acknowledge it in writing, then a further three months from their reply to send a full response and an admission or denial of responsibility. They cannot legally ignore your request. If they do not respond in these statutory time frames, then your lawyer may recommend you submit an application to court where a judge can force them to do so.
If the other party acknowledges they were at fault, your lawyer will request compensation to be paid. They will specify a reasonable amount based on the damages and other expenses that have been incurred such as transport and medical costs. There may be some negotiation at this point, and your solicitor will advise you when they believe you have received a fair and reasonable offer.
Should the other party deny liability or accept they were only partially responsible and insist that some of the fault for the accident or the extent of your injuries remains with you. Your lawyer may advise you to challenge their response in court and let a judge decide.
You can rely on The Compensation Experts and your lawyer to support you for the duration of your claim whether it takes three months or three years. We are here to help you claim the compensation you’re entitled to.
Road Traffic Accident Compensation FAQ
How long does a road traffic accident compensation claim take?
There is no statutory time by which a road traffic accident compensation claim must be finalised (although there is in which a claim must be started as detailed in Question 3). If the circumstances around your accident are clear and your injuries slight, you can expect to receive payment far sooner than if there is confusion over who was responsible and your injuries are extensive with an unclear prognosis. Most road traffic accident claims are resolved within nine months, but those involving brain and spinal damage, where it may not be certain how long lasting an injury will be – it can take two years or more.
How much money will I receive?
Your lawyer will give you an estimation of how much money you are likely to be paid on completion of a successful claim once they have a better understanding of how extensive your injuries are and the impact they have on your life both since the accident and in the future.
Is there a time limit to making a road traffic accident claim?
You have three years from the date of your accident to begin the claim process. We always advise clients to seek legal advice as early as possible. Even if you do not feel ready to make a claim, it is beneficial to be aware of your options and the information needed if you do proceed in order to give your claim every chance of success.
The exception to this three-year rule is if you were a minor at the time of the accident, then you have to make a claim before you’re 21 years old. If your injury was only later linked to the accident you have three years from the date of formal diagnosis.
Get in touch with The Compensation Experts today and ask how we can help with our No Win No Fee* compensation claims. We are happy to take your call now or, if you prefer, call at a time that suits you.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
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We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury solicitors are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
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Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
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We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.