If you have suffered an injury in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to road traffic accident compensation. Whether you’ve suffered a whiplash injury or something more serious, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve. Contact our expert team of road traffic accident solicitors today.
Road traffic accident claims arise from collisions on the highways e.g. the motorway and road network. If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault then you could make a compensation claim. You might have been injured as the driver or passenger of a vehicle. This could be your own vehicle or someone else’s. In addition to cars and motorbikes these might also include work vehicles (e.g. vans or lorries); private hire vehicles (such as taxis or minibuses) or public transport vehicles (including buses; coaches; trains and trams to name a few). Alternatively, you might have suffered a road traffic accident when travelling on foot or by bike. We also act for pedestrians and cyclists that have been injured in non-fault road traffic accidents.
You can claim for any injuries you’ve sustained in a road traffic accident. The extent of your injuries; recovery time and the impact these injuries have had on your subsequent quality of life will all be taken into consideration when determining the compensation awarded.
Medical damages may be awarded to offset the cost of any reasonable and necessary medical treatment required as a result of your road traffic accident. Examples include:
Home visits (e.g. nursing staff, carers)
Physiotherapy, medical aids, travel costs to and from medical appointments
‘Gratuitous care’ – compensation towards the costs of care provided by family
Vehicle damages may be awarded to offset the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle should it become damaged in the road accident.
Damages towards loss of earnings may be awarded where time away from work is authorised by a doctor. You may also be eligible to claim for loss of future earnings where your injury prevents an immediate return to the workplace
When making a compensation claim following a car accident, you are claiming against the defendant’s insurance. Remember, you may be eligible for accident compensation even in the event of a hit and run, or where the driver at fault was not insured.
Depending on your circumstances, the most effective route forward in claiming rightful compensation may be to involve The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB provides compensation in cases of uninsured driver compensation claims and untraced driver compensation claims. We will liaise with the MIB on your behalf, and we will ensure that the correct procedure is followed throughout.
Anyone can claim for compensation; however the following 3 criteria must be met:
According to our data*, the most common threat to motorists claiming road accident compensation with Hampson Hughes Solicitors is rear end collisions. From 2014 – 2016 the firm sought compensation for 19,807 people that had been injured in a car accident in which one vehicle had crashed into the back of another. The second most common cause of a collision is a vehicle emerging from a side road into another vehicle (7.9%), followed by accidents when changing lanes, reversing and accidents on roundabouts.
*Based on a sample of 42,427 road traffic accident claims received by Hampson Hughes Solicitors
Poor weather conditions such as heavy rain, ice, snow and fog considerably increase the risk of road traffic accidents. It is important to leave a reasonable distance between yourself and other motorists when driving in bad weather, as the stopping distances can double in wet weather and increase ten-fold in ice and snow.
If you have suffered a car accident as a result of faltering on an uneven road surface, our specialist team of road accident solicitors will fully investigate the circumstances of your claim. We may be able to establish liability where a local council or private landowner has been negligent in maintaining the road.
You may be entitled to personal injury compensation following a road accident involving an animal. We will investigate the circumstances of your collision with an animal – we may be able to establish liability where the owner of the animal could have taken reasonable steps to prevent your road accident (e.g. escaped livestock due to a poorly maintained enclosure).
If you believe your car accident occurred due to mechanical failure, we will arrange for an engineer’s report to help determine whether negligence on behalf of a mechanic has contributed to the circumstances surrounding your road accident.
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the type and extent of the injury or injuries you sustained during the accident. Here are some of the most common road accident injuries:
You can find out an estimate of how much compensation on average your injury is worth with our compensation calculator – but please note, this is only a guide.
Where possible, Hampson Hughes Solicitors advise gathering evidence as soon as you can in support of your road accident claim:
If you have suffered as a result of a non-fault road traffic accident, Contact Us today. Whether you have been injured as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, we can help.