Road Traffic Accident Solicitors
Car Accident Claim Solicitors in Nottingham
Road traffic accidents happen every single day. Motor insurance companies can be traumatic. Not only for the people involved, but also their families.
They can result in all kinds of injuries. From the less serious like whiplash to serious, life changing conditions.
Our personal injury lawyers can help you;
- Claim the maximum amount of compensation, and
- Help you access the best treatment and rehabilitation
Can I Claim Compensation For a Road Traffic Accident?
If you were involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you can make a claim for compensation.
This means, if you were the drive, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or even a pedestrian.
If the accident was not your fault, you have a right to claim.
Common Types of Road Traffic Accidents
Almost all road traffic accidents fall into these categories;
- Car accidents
- Passenger accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Cycling accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Some accidents fall outside of these. For example, if you fall off your horse as a result of a car driving past too fast. If this is case, do not worry, we can still help.
Road traffic accidents happen for all kinds of reasons, including;
- Driving without die care and attention
- Reckless or dangerous driving
- driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
What Types of Injuries Can I Claim For?
Road traffic accidents can result in all kinds of injuries. These include:
- Fractured and/or broken bones
- Lacerations and scarring
- Spinal injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Loss of sight
- Loss of limbs
How Much Compensation Can I Claim After a Road Traffic Accident?
Road traffic accident claims can be complex. Especially if they result in serious injury. As such, it is difficult to so say how much your claim might be worth.
The amount of compensation you can claim for a road traffic accident depends on;
- The type and severity of your injury
- How that injury has and will affect your life
To claim as much compensation as possible, we will look at every aspect of your accident and injuries.
How Compensation Helps
The purpose of compensation is to put you back in the same position you were before your injury.
The total sum of compensation you will receive is called the ‘Quantum of Damages’. That said, there are two parts to a compensation claim.
This is the amount of compensation you will be awarded for;
- The type of injuries you have suffered
- The severity of your injuries
- The effects your injuries have on your physical abilities
- The effects the whole experience has had on your mental health
- Your future quality of life
General damages reimburse all your ‘out of pocket expenses’. These include;
- Loss of earnings – This includes wages, tips, bonuses, overtime and pension contributions. Both now and in the future.
- Medical expenses – Including, specialist medical care and treatment, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
- Travel costs – like specialist transport and taxis.
- Mobility aids and assistive technologies – Like wheelchairs, walking frames etc.
- Modifications to your home and/or vehicles – Installing stair lifts, car hoists, widening doorways, for example.
General damages also take into account the cost of lifelong care and support.
How Long Have I Got to Claim Compensation After a Road Traffic Accident?
In most cases, road traffic accident claims are subject to a three-year time limit.
That said, there are some exceptions to this;
- Children – For children involved in an RTA, you have until they are 18th birthday to claim. After that, they have three years to claim for themselves.
- Lack of mental capacity – There are no time limits for claiming on behalf of a loved one who lacks the mental capacity to claim themselves.
- Road traffic accidents that happened abroad – time limits might be shorter.
Time limits aside, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible after a road traffic accident.
The sooner you do this, the better you will remember the events that led up to your accident. It will also be easier for us to gather evidence and witness statements for a successful claim.
Also, if you need early compensation payments to cover immediate costs, we can try to secure them for you.
How Long Do Road Traffic Accident Claims Take to Settle?
The time it takes to reach a settlement for a claim can vary in a huge way. It depends on the type and severity of your injury.
For example, whiplash claims where the other side accepts liability take around 6 months to settle.
Claims for serious injuries like spinal and brain injuries can take years to settle. We need to take this time to understand;
- How these injuries will affect the rest of your life, and
- How much ongoing support you’ll need
Can I Make a No Win No Fee Claim?
We handle most road traffic accident claims on a no win, no fee basis.
This means you will not pay anything up front and you will not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you claim is successful, the other side will pay most of the legal fees. Any other costs will then be deducted from your compensation.
Why Choose Rothers to Handle Your Claim?
When you choose Rotheras to act on your behalf, we’ll;
- Assign a dedicated personal injury solicitor – they will after your claim from start to finish. This means you will not have to deal with several people that do not know anything about your case.
- Give you their direct contact details – you’ll be able to contact them when you need to without having to wait on hold.
- Work in a way that suits you – You can speak with us on the phone, or visit us in our offices and if needed, we can visit you at home or in hospital.
- Help you access the best possible treatment – whether that’s medical care, physiotherapy, rehabilitation or counselling.
Our solicitors are highly experience in dealing with road traffic accident claims. And we will work with you get the best possible result.
Frequently Asked Questions?
My Insurance Company Has Recommended a Law Firm, Do I Have to Use Them?
A lot of insurance companies have solicitors and law firms they prefer to work with. However, they are not allowed to insist you use them so you are free to make up your own mind about who represents you.
Choose a solicitor you are comfortable dealing with. They should be easy to get in touch and communicate with.
When you choose Rotheras to act on your behalf, we will assign you with a dedicated solicitor. We will give you their direct contact details so you can contact them directly.
We will also keep you informed of your claims progress.
Will I Need a Medical Examination?
To make a road traffic accident claim, we need to gather evidence of your injuries and their impacts on you and your life.
To do this, you will need a medical assessment with an independent medical expert. They will produce a report that we can then use in evidence.
Depending on the type and severity of your injuries, you might need more than one assessment.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
When making a claim for a road traffic accident, we need to establish who is at fault. Then we work hard to get an admission of liability.
If we can get the other side to accept fault, we can settle you claim without court proceedings. This is how most cases go.
The only time a claim would go to court is if;
- The other side refuses to accept liability, or
- They dispute the amount of compensation to be paid
If this happens, do not worry. We will be by your side through the entre process.
I Was Party to Blame For My Accident, Can I Still Claim?
If you think you were partly to blame, it is worth contacting us. You might still be able to claim.
That said, your level of blame will reflect the amount of compensation you will receive.
For example, if it is deemed that you are 50% liable, then 50% will be deducted from your claim. So, if you claim is worth £10,000, you will get 50% of that, so £5,000.
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Head of Personal Injury
"Impressive group with expertise in both matrimonial finance cases and children matters. A strong childcare team handles cases involving physical and emotional abuse, as well as fatalities. Well versed in matters with international aspects, Hague Convention cases, as well as adoption and guardianship issues.
Chambers UK, 2018
Anton Balkitis frequently represents the operators of both goods and passenger vehicles in court proceedings. Clients remark: "He has a commercial understanding of real-life issues and will always provide a balanced view
Chambers UK, 2019
Impressive group with expertise in both matrimonial finance cases and children matters. A strong childcare team handles cases involving physical and emotional abuse, as well as fatalities. Well versed in matters with international aspects, Hague Convention cases, as well as adoption and guardianship issues.
Chambers UK, 2018
My previous dealings with Rotheras have always been excellent-total efficiency and professional. Jayne Smith previously and now Emily Weston. I would always use Rotheras as my solicitors. Thank you.
Chris Powell at Rotheras was recommended to us by a trusted associate within the Transport Industry; without doubt we wouldn’t have had the excellent outcome we did without his and his team’s involvement. The level of professionalism, expert advice and assistance was faultless; we felt reassured and well informed throughout the whole process. It was a pleasure to do business with him and would highly recommend his services!
Julian Brindley - John Brindley Ltd
The team at Rotheras, and Mr Powell in particular, have provided us with an outstanding service. We are extremely grateful for the help and support they gave us in dealing with issues relating to our transport operations and our goods vehicle operators licence. Mr Powell was professional, knowledgable, efficient and effective. He quickly understood our business and the problem we had. He responded with sensible advice and acted quickly on our behalf to resolve the matter. I cannot thank him enough for his help and I would recommend Mr Powell, and the Rotheras team, without hesitation. I am extremely grateful for the help they gave us.
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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.
Chambers UK, 2020
Chris Powell focuses his practice on road transport issues, regularly representing haulage, transport and logistics companies. He has considerable experience in regulatory matters involving operator licences and compliance failings, as well as more serious criminal investigations relating to fraud.
Chambers UK, 2020
Greg qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has specialised in Personal Injury for more than 14 years. He acts for clients who have suffered life changing injuries. Greg also specialises in cosmetic and clinical negligence claims.
Hannah Manewell is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and has spent the entirety of her 14-year career working in Personal Injury, covering a broad range of injury cases.
Paul Smith is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors; he has 19 years’ experience working as a Personal Injury solicitor, covering a broad range of injury cases.
Rebecca is a Litigation Executive in the Personal Injury department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office
Eva Best is a Paralegal in Rotheras’ Personal Injury department and is based at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.
New motoring offence of ‘Causing Serious Injury by Careless Driving’ comes into effect
As of 28 June 2022, a new offence of causing serious injury by careless or inconsiderate driving will apply. If your driving is “below” the expected and results in the “serious injury” of another, then this can be construed as causing serious injury by careless or inconsiderate driving.
Posted on 28/06/2022