Car Accident Claims
Road traffic accidents are one of the main causes of accidents today, because of the sheer volume of vehicles on our busy roads. The fact is, if you’ve been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you have the legal right to claim compensation – even if you were a pedestrian or a passenger.
However, the thought of claiming compensation can seem daunting – especially if you are still recovering. We understand what a difficult time this is, but with 20 years experience, we have the expertise to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
What we will do for you
When you call us, we will ask for a few details about the circumstances of the accident, then help you access specialist legal advice from our panel of experienced injury lawyers. This will give you a clear picture of how your claim can proceed.
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I was a passenger – can I claim compensation?
Absolutely! Drivers have a duty of care to all road users and that includes passengers as well as pedestrians. You may for instance, have been a passenger on a bus or in a taxi – if you were injured in an accident, you should be able to claim for your injuries.
Even if you were a passenger in a car driven by the person who caused an accident and you were injured as a result, you may be able to make a claim.
What can I claim for?
You can claim for the actual injuries you have suffered – this is called ‘general damages’. How much your claim will be worth varies significantly depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, but your specialist lawyer will talk you through this.
You can also claim for any accident-related financial losses known as ‘special damages’, such as:
Loss of earnings
In addition to your normal wages, you may have lost out on potential overtime, bonuses or commission because of your injuries. You can claim for all of these if they relate to the accident.
Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs
This includes things like prescription costs, the cost of buying equipment to help in your rehabilitation, and the cost of private medical treatment if you have to ‘go private’.
That could be, for instance, taxis or public transport to hospital appointments.
The cost of a replacement or hire vehicle
For example, where you’ve had to actually pay out some money to enable you to buy a new car or you had to pay for the hire of a vehicle while you wait for your damaged car to be repaired.
Damaged clothing and personal items
Sometimes, personal belongings and clothing can be damaged in an accident. You may be able to claim for these too.
Interim payments may be available in certain circumstances. We understand that an accident can cause financial hardship to the injured person and their family. Our solicitors will always try to secure interim payments where needed.
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What if I was partly to blame?
Sometimes, an injured person can make a claim in circumstances where they were partly to blame for the accident itself. Even if you think you were to blame, the law may not actually treat you as responsible – it’s always best to talk this through with your solicitors if you are worried about this.
And even if you were partly to blame for the accident, that may simply mean there would probably be a reduction in the amount of compensation you receive. For instance, if you were not wearing a seatbelt when the other driver hit your car, you may still be entitled to some of your compensation.
So don’t worry, if you’re not sure who was responsible for the accident, our specialist lawyers will advise if you could be held partly to blame and how it could impact your claim.
Hit and run – and uninsured driver claims
‘Hit and run’ accidents are worryingly common. However, if the driver who caused the accident left the scene and cannot be traced, you can still make a compensation claim.
It’s also a fact of life that some drivers are on the road without insurance. Being involved in an accident is worrying and stressful enough, so it’s not fair if you also find that the person responsible for the accident had no insurance. Victims of accidents who are injured in such circumstances are still entitled to make a claim for compensation however. So if you’ve been involved in a ‘hit and run’ accident, or an uninsured driver accident, a claim can still be made.
What should I do now?
Contact us – it is important to call us as soon as you can, while details are fresh in your mind. The sooner you call us, the quicker we can get the right specialist lawyers on board to get the ball rolling with your claim.