Can I claim compensation for my road traffic accident?
If you are unfortunate enough to have been involved in a traffic accident, which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
You can claim whether you were the driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist, or cyclist injured in the collision. A claim is made against the responsible person’s insurance company. The responsible person may be the driver of the vehicle you were traveling in or a third party driver.
We helped a client claim £160,000 in compensation following a high-speed traffic accident. How much could your claim be worth?
Our dedicated Road Traffic Accident department handle thousands of claims annually. You can claim for any injury from minor whiplash to more serious injuries which may have greatly impacted upon your life, or the life of a loved one. This can include serious head injuries and even deaths. We have a wealth of experience and appreciate that every client has different needs. We are proud of the personal service we provide to our clients.
Who can make a road traffic accident claim?
Anyone who has been the victim of negligence on a road can make a claim for compensation. If you are a pedestrian, cyclist, or driver of a car and a negligent driver has collided with you then you are entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Equally, you can claim if the state of the road caused your injury. For example, if you were riding your bike and crashed as a result of a pothole in the road, then you are entitled to make a claim against the owner of the land. The owner of the land has a duty to maintain and inspect the road.
How long do I have to make a road traffic accident claim?
It is of vital importance that you commence your claim for compensation as soon as possible. If you wait there may no longer be as much evidence available to support your claim. By law, you have three years in which to bring a claim. This starts from the date the accident occurred, or when it was confirmed to you that the injury was directly linked to your accident.
If you were under 18 at the time of the accident then you have until your 21st birthday in which to bring your claim. Court proceedings must be sent and received at court within 3 years of the date of the accident, or the child’s 21st birthday if the accident occurred whilst they were a minor. If you attempt to bring your claim after this date then your case will be considered to be time barred. It is then highly unlikely that you will be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
What should I do if I’m involved in a road traffic accident?
Why should I make a claim?
Reasons for making a claim vary. At Oliver & Co Solicitors, we believe that if you have been injured due to the negligence of others then you should make a claim. You are certainly entitled to do so. Road traffic accident or pothole injuries can devastate your life. You may not be able to work for a period of time and may lose earnings. Sadly, you may require help from family members with personal care or to perform the daily chores around the house. The impact of these accidents on innocent victims is great. Luckily, in most cases, the negligent party will be insured and their insurers will deal with matters on the negligent parties’ behalf.
As we deal with your case on a no win no fee basis there is simply nothing for you to lose if you are unsuccessful, and therefore there is very little risk in bringing a claim.
Why should I hire a solicitor?
Often following an accident the Defendant’s insurance company will contact you directly. They may offer you money to settle your claim. At Oliver & Co we advise not to accept these offers until you have received proper legal advice.
Unless you are a specialist personal injury lawyer you will not know what your claim is worth. Therefore, you may lose out by being under compensated if you accept an offer at such an early stage. Furthermore, if you accept this early offer from the Defendant insurers it will be a full and final settlement. This means that you will be unable to claim further money/damages later on. For example, imagine if your symptoms continued and prevented you from earning a living in future, and you have already settled your claim for a very small amount, such as £1000.
This can be a terrible outcome if your symptoms continue and prevent you from working in the future. In this scenario, you would likely regret settling for a small amount as it would not cover your ongoing expenses.
We always advise that you at least speak to us if you receive an offer as we can give you clear and practical advice. This will make sure you are not being under compensated for your accident.
Why choose us?
We have no better endorsement than client recommendation. Oliver and Co Solicitors have been in practice for over 50 years and our clients have been recommending us throughout this period. You can read our reviews on Trustpilot and see for yourself. We are a practice that specialise in personal injury. Therefore, you can be assured that you will receive the best advice at all times. We try to offer a practical approach to recovering compensation for you. We often secure early interim payments where you need them to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
We have also achieved large amounts of compensation for clients. For example:
- £50,000 for a client suffering TMJ disorder following a road traffic collision.
- £20,000 for a client suffering tinnitus following a car crash.
- £25,000 for a motorcyclist who broke his foot in a collision.
For more, please see our case studies page.
How much could my road traffic accident claim be worth?
Find out instantly what your claim could be worth by using our claims calculator. Click here or on the link below to get started. These figures provide guidance only, and you should contact us for some free initial advice as soon as possible thereafter.
If you have been injured in a car accident, that was not your fault, and sustained an injury as a result then please contact us on 01244 312306 for advice on making a claim.
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