Road Traffic Accident – Making a claim
If you or a loved one has been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact us today to discuss your case with our friendly and highly professional team.
You have three years from the date of the accident to start a claim, but it’s important that we start preparing your case sooner rather than later. The quicker we can begin investigating your case, the better the outcome is likely to be; the incident will still be fresh in your mind and fresh in the minds of any witnesses, and the evidence on the ground will still be viable.
If you have been involved in a cycling accident, you may be able to make a claim, particularly if you can prove that another party or entity was responsible for your accident. You may be able to claim compensation if your accident was due to issues with the surface of the road (such as poorly maintained potholes that affected your ability to ride safely); the dangerous actions of a driver or other road user; problems with your equipment, such as a helmet that failed to adequately protect your head. Cycling injuries can be extremely serious; even with specialised safety equipment, cyclists are still vulnerable on the roads and are often badly injured in cycling accidents. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe head injuries and even fatalities.
Pedestrians are probably the most vulnerable of all road users. Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured in road traffic accidents, and children are particularly at risk of being involved in a serious road traffic accident such as a hit-and-run. Of the thousands who are struck, many of them die. If you or a loved one has been injured in a road traffic accident, or if a loved one has passed away after being involved in a road traffic accident, you may be able to make a claim. Accidents are often caused by dangerous and negligent behaviour. Drivers who drink drive, drive whilst under the influence of drugs, use their phones when driving and drive when tired are more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision with a pedestrian. The injuries sustained by pedestrians are often severe, ranging from broken bones to severe internal bleeding, brain damage and death. For those who do recover, the psychological trauma is likely to remain.
If you were a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a road traffic collision, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. As a passenger, you may be able to make a claim against the insurance of the driver of the vehicle you were in (if the collision was deemed to be there fault) or the other driver who was involved. Passengers can experience severe injuries, but the most common injury sustained by passengers is whiplash. Whiplash is strain in the neck caused by the head being shunted forwards and then forced backwards in a collision. Claims for compensation for whiplash are usually successful and our team are well-qualified to help if you have been affected.
How long will it take for my claim to be investigated?
It usually takes a few months for a claim to be thoroughly investigated and settled, but some can take much longer. Cases involving fatalities and severe injuries often take considerably longer to settle, with some spanning years.
Can I claim if the accident was partly my fault?
If you are a driver who has been injured in a road traffic accident that was your fault, you may still be able to claim; contact our solicitors today to discuss your options.
How much will I be able to claim?
The amount you will be able to claim will depend largely on your injuries and how much you have suffered since the accidents. Compensation for people involved in road traffic accidents varies hugely, ranging from £2,000 for a whiplash claim to a £1,000,000 for a hit-and-run.
How can PDA help?
Our specialist solicitors understand how devastating the effects of being involved in a road traffic accident can be and are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our compassionate team of legal specialists will treat you case with compassion and sympathy and examine your case in precise detail before deciding on a plan of action. We will aim to resolve your case as quickly and as painlessly as possible, getting you the outcome you deserve, fast. Whether you are a driver, a passenger, a cyclist or a pedestrian, we have the expertise required to handle your case. Talk to us today by calling 01244 373373. Alternatively, fill out our online contact form and we will call you back at a time that is convenient for you.