Road Traffic Accident Solicitor
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Road traffic accidents can be caused by a number of factors from poor weather conditions, negligence of other road users, vehicle malfunctions through to poor road maintenance.
If you have been involved in an accident on the road, as the driver or a passenger, we suggest seeking legal advice at the earliest opportunity.Call our Personal Injury Team Email our Personal Injury Team
Road Traffic Accident Claims
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience and the injuries sustained can vary from minor whiplash to severe and life-changing, requiring rehabilitation and on-going medical support.
Our team of specialist Car Injury Lawyers are available to help you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.
What should I do after a car accident?
Everyone hopes not to be involved in a car accident. But, unfortunately, it is something that can happen regardless of any precautions you may take; a careless driver appearing and crashing into you. Or maybe you hit an unexpected pothole causing you to lose control of the vehicle.
Being involved in a car accident can be a terrifying experience. And this can cause the people involved to struggle to think rationally. This is perfectly natural, however, it can make the situation.
We’ve listed actions you should and should not take.
What to do after a car accident:
- Immediately stop the car no matter how minor the accident was
- Turn off your engine and put on your hazard lights
- Check yourself and any passengers for injuries
- If anyone is seriously injured, your first priority should be to call for an ambulance
- If safe to do so, get out of your vehicle and start collecting photographs. You want to collect images of your vehicle, any damage to it, the scene of the accident and images of any injuries sustained
- Should it be possible, and doesn’t put you at risk, take photographs of the other vehicle or vehicles involved. This can help prevent other drivers from making false claims against you
What NOT to do after a car accident:
- Do not drive away. This is against the law. Failing to stop at a road traffic accident is an offence that carries a maximum of six months of imprisonment
- Do not argue with any other driver or people involved. Emotions are likely to be quite high between all parties. Arguing can make the situation worse. If you feel that you cannot communicate with the other driver, either because of yourself or the other driver is angry, the best cause of action is to contact the police to allow for open dialogue
- Do not admit responsibility or apologise for the accident, even if you think you might be to blame. These could be taken as an admission of guilt and impact your claim. Identifying who is at fault is the responsibility of the relevant insurance companies to determine
Calling the police after a road traffic accident:
- It is advisable to call the police after an accident. However, whether you contact them through 999 or 101 will depend on the circumstances
- Call 999 if the accident is a major incident, serious injuries or vehicles are blocking the road. 999 should also be called if the other drive commits a hit and run offence leaving without exchanging details; if you suspect the other driver is under the influence of drink or drugs, or they do not have insurance
- You can also call 999 if the other driver becomes a threat and you fear for your safety
- Call 101 for an accident that does not require any emergency services
Regardless of whether you call 999 or 101, all road accidents need to be reported at your local police station within 24 hours of it occurring. Failing to report an accident is a crime and can result in a fine, points to your license, or disqualification from driving.
Exchange motoring details:
- Share your name, address and contact details with everyone else involved in the accident
- Collect the names, addresses and contact details with everyone else involved in the accident
- Swap your insurance details and collect the insurance details of the other driver(s)
- Make a note of the time and date of the accident as well as the weather conditions
- If possible, record the model, make and number plate details of all the vehicles involved
- Collect the names and contact details of any witnesses that saw the accidents
What to do next:
For many small car accidents, you may be able to complete your claims process quite seamlessly through the insurance companies.
However, if the accident resulted in a serious personal injury that is affecting your quality of life, it is advisable to contact a car accident solicitor to handle your claim process.
A qualified solicitor will be able to investigate the evidence of the accident more thoroughly to identify a possible personal injury claim and ensure you get the relevant compensation amount to your injuries.
If you are unsure if you have a case, we offer a Free Claim assessment. Contact us today to find out if you have a claim.
How long after a car accident should I make a claim?
The law puts a limitation of the time scales for which you can make an accident claim.
You have three years to make your claim from either:
- Three-years from the date the accident occurred
- Three-years from the date that the injuries from an accident become known
It is advisable to start your claim by contacting a solicitor as soon as the accident occurred to allow for enough time for the investigation to happen.
However, there are exceptions to the three years rule. These are:
- If the injured party is a child, in which case claims have to be made before their 18th birthday, or,
- The accident causes a mental disability, in which case the time limit does not apply until, or if, the injured party has recovered.
Do car accident claims go to court?
It is rare that car accident compensation claims go to court. Most cases are handled by negotiation.
Court cases generally occur when the other party refuses to take responsibility or when the negotiation over the compensation amount fails.
When this happens, it is necessary to bring the claim to court to have an impartial judge make a ruling based on the evidence provided.
In the unlikely event of your case going to court, your solicitor will be able to advise you on the necessary steps.
How much is my car accident injury claim worth?
Every case is different and therefore it is hard to provide a general figure for the compensation award you are likely to get. This is because there are many individual and unique factors that will go into making a compensation amount.
For example, your compensation amount could look at:
- Cost of damage to the vehicle
- Loss of earnings
- Rehabilitation costs
- Cost for extra healthcare support
- Possible adaptations to your home
- Ongoing and future support costs
How long does a road traffic accident claim take?
No two cases are the same which makes it difficult to predict how long a claim can take. The length of your claim will typically depend on two factors:
- How severe your injuries are
- Whether the other party accepts liability and responsibility
Your solicitor will work hard to get your case moving as quickly as possible so you can get the compensation you deserve.
If needed, our solicitors will also help you claim interim payments for serious cases where you need financial support for loss of earnings or extra healthcare support.
What type of car accident injuries can I make a claim for?
- Whiplash injuries
- Accidents involving cyclists
- Accidents involving pedestrians
- Accidents involving passengers
- Accidents involving drivers
- Accidents involving buses
- Accidents involving foreign registered vehicles
How do I start to make a claim?
For a Free Claim Assessment, get in touch with us as soon as possible after the car accident has occurred.
We will guide you through the process which will begin with us gathering as much information about the car accident and the injuries that you have sustained as a result.
Our Personal Injury team is highly experienced in conducting claims on behalf of individuals who have been involved in accidents on the road, they offer a highly personal and supportive service.
Why should I choose Rotheras as my Solicitors?
If you have been injured in a car accident, our Injury Claim team can help you claim compensation.
- Act on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis
- We operate a small team of highly experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers
- You will be assigned a solicitor that will be your point of contact throughout your case. They will be on-hand to give you guidance and support you throughout your claim
- Help with claims of varying severity, from minor whiplash claims to serious catastrophic injuries
- Help you claim for medical bills, repairs to your vehicle and also any income you have lost as a result of having had to take time off work because of your injuries
- We will work with you to gather information about the accident to help build your case
- Through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau scheme, we can assist you if you have been involved in a ‘hit and run’ accident or a collision with an uninsured driver
- Help you in accessing rehabilitation services for severe injuries
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Anton has substantial experience acting for commercial goods hauliers and other transport operators. He advises on a range of contentious issues including operator licence, maintenance and tachograph matters, with a wealth of experience acting in public inquiries before Traffic Commissioners."Anton is a highly informed and personable lawyer.
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