By Olivia Dunmore. Last Updated 27th September 2021. Welcome to our guide on using car accident lawyers to help you make compensation claims. If you were injured in a car accident, whether you contributed to the incident or not, you may be able to seek compensation for the harm, damage and suffering you were caused. A car accident lawyer would investigate who could be held liable before advising on how best to proceed with a car accident claim for compensation against them.
Although it would be impossible to prevent all road traffic accidents from happening, knowing what to do following an incident is essential. If you feel ready to pursue a claim, a car accident lawyer could help you claim compensation for injuries and damage you suffered; please call a member of our team on 0800 073 8801.
Alternatively, if you would like more information on how we could assist you, whether you were partially at fault or the car accident was caused by another person, please read about car accident lawyers by clicking on the sections below.
How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?
Did you know that personal injury claims are time-limited? This means that you only have a certain amount of time to claim before you’re no longer eligible for compensation. If you attempt to start your claim after this period has expired, you could lose out on the payout that you were once entitled to.
Generally, claimants have 3 years from their accident date to begin a claim for any related damage. However, if you were unable to claim for 3 or more years after your accident, you may still be eligible for compensation. In such cases, the time limit is frozen until claimants can make legal proceedings for themselves. Alternatively, they may opt to have a litigation friend make legal proceedings on their behalf.
To learn more, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today and see whether you could be eligible to claim.
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- A Guide To Claims With Car Accident Lawyers
- What Is A Car Accident Lawyer?
- Who Could Make A Car Accident Injury Claim?
- Who Are Our Panel Of Lawyers Handling Car Accident Claims?
- What If The Other Driver Did Not Stop Or Was Uninsured?
- Could Our Car Accident Lawyers Help With Other Road Traffic Accident Claims?
- Car Accident Injuries You Could Claim For
- Compensation Calculator For Claims With Car Accident Lawyers
- Other Ways Car Accident Claimants May Be Compensated
- Why Choose Our Car Accident Lawyers?
- No Win No Fee Claims With Car Accident Lawyers
- Start Your Car Accident Claim
- Essential References
- Car Accident Lawyers FAQs
Our guide provides useful information on claiming compensation following a car accident. We cover the process of pursuing a case whether a claimant was partly at fault or whether the incident was caused by the negligence/error of another party or parties. Here, we’ll explain how car accident lawyers can assist you, making the whole process of seeking compensation a lot less of a challenge.
We explain the role of car accident lawyers and how your claim could be taken on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you would not have to find the money to begin your claim. There would be no ongoing fees to find either, no matter how long it takes to reach a final settlement. A car accident lawyer acting on your behalf would do their best to negotiate interim payments, should a settlement take longer to reach.
Some key points of our guide
- Who would be entitled to make a claim for compensation following a car accident, whether a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or another person. We explain what split liability means. This is known as contributory negligence and how it could affect the level of car accident compensation you could be awarded.
- We go into more detail on who our panel of car accident lawyers are and their level of experience in handling this type of claim for people injured in road traffic accidents.
- We explain how you could still claim compensation if another driver did not stop at the scene of the RTA. This is a legal requirement if any party suffers an injury or damage.
- We provide advice on claiming compensation should a driver be uninsured.
- Our guide explains the sort of car accident injuries you may sustain and which could be claimed for
- We also provide a car accident compensation calculator which offers a general idea of how much you may be awarded in a successful car accident claim, whether through a Civil Court, or the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB)
Car accident lawyers have the legal experience required to represent people who have been injured in incidents through no fault of their own or because they were partially responsible for causing an RTA. In short, this means the whole process of making a car accident claim for compensation is far less daunting.
The majority of claims we take on are handled on a No Win No Fee basis. As such, providing your claim is valid, you can pursue a case for compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. Our team of lawyers provide the highest standard of service as detailed in our charter, so you know exactly what to expect from the moment a lawyer takes on your claim.
To find out how our law firm can be of assistance, please contact a member of our team on 0800 073 8801.
As previously touched upon in this car accident lawyers guide, it is not just a driver who could suffer an injury in a car accident. Passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, bystanders, and other road users could be injured in a road traffic accident. As such, they could be entitled to claim compensation, providing they can show they were not at fault, or they were partially liable for the injuries sustained in a car accident.
It’s worth considering how many accidents happen on roads. In England alone, the Department for Transport calculated 20,751 reported road accidents in 2019, which resulted in serious injuries. That figure increases when you factor in deaths as well as minor injuries. So, there are a large number of scenarios that could lead to a car accident claim. If you are unsure as to whether you could pursue a claim, please get in touch with a member of our team today. Our personal injury lawyers offer an initial consultation to assess your case which is free of charge.
Our panel of car accident lawyers have the required legal experience needed to represent claimants injured in all types of road traffic accidents. Once a lawyer has established your car accident claim is valid, you would be offered the following:
- No Win No Fee terms – taking all the worry of paying for legal representation off the table.
- An assessment of the level of compensation you could be awarded in a successful car accident claim
- Assistance in arranging an appointment with an independent specialist/consultant who would produce an essential medical report on the level of the injuries and damage you sustained
- Essential advice on the evidence required to prove a claim
- Advice on how to pursue your claim, whether through civil action or through the MIB, should the other party be an uninsured driver, or they failed to stop at the scene of the road traffic accident
These are just some of the initial actions one of our car accident lawyers would provide.
If the other party failed to stop at the scene of a car accident in which damage was sustained and where parties suffered injuries, they would be in breach of the Road Traffic Act. Should the other driver be uninsured, you may still be able to claim compensation by making an application to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). This is an organisation that was set up to ensure that victims of car accidents where the responsible party failed to stop or were uninsured, received compensation for the harm they were caused in the incident.
To find out how a car accident lawyer from our panel can assist in claiming compensation, please get in touch today.
Our panel of car accident lawyers can assist you when pursuing all types of road traffic accident claims, whether the incident was caused through the negligence of another road user, or because you were partially at fault for the injuries you suffered. If you were the passenger in a vehicle or a pedestrian who was injured, a car accident lawyer would assess whether you could seek compensation from a responsible party.
If you were an innocent bystander and you suffered injuries because of a road traffic accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the harm, damage and suffering you were caused.
Other road users who could seek compensation if injured in a road traffic accident include the following:
- Accidents involving foreign drivers, which includes HGV drivers
If you need assistance, please get in touch with a member of our team who would be happy to offer advice on whether you could be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in a road traffic accident. Read on to learn more about working with car accident lawyers.
The sort of injuries commonly sustained in a car crash could include the following:
- Whiplash – this is a common injury sustained in road traffic accidents which can occur even when a car is shunted from the rear, side or front.
- Scrapes and Cuts – this type of injury may seem minor to begin with but could turn more serious further down the line if an infection sets in
- Head Injuries – traumatic injuries to the brain can be catastrophic. It is the type of life-changing injury that could occur in a car accident causing long-term health issues for the injured party.
- Broken Ribs – this is a common injury sustained in road traffic accidents which could take a long time to heal
- Broken Bones – broken legs, broken arms, hips, and shoulders are also common injuries sustained in a car crash all of which can take a long time to heal
- Internal Bleeding – Internal bleeding can be life-threatening, and as such immediate medical intervention is necessary.
- Herniated Disc – a herniated disc is an extremely painful injury that victims of a road traffic accident often sustain, which can lead to complications
- Knee Trauma – trauma to the knee is another common injury seen in victims of road traffic accidents.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – many victims of catastrophic road traffic accidents are traumatised by the events they witnessed. This can lead to them suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD
These are just some of the injuries you could claim for if you were involved in a car crash, whether you were partially to blame or not. If you sustained an injury not listed above, having been involved in a road traffic accident, please call a member of our team today on 0800 073 8801.
You may be wondering how much car accident compensation you may be entitled to receive. The answer is that it would depend on several things as to how much you could be awarded in a successful claim. Should you claim through the Civil Court, a judge would base the amount you receive on the level of the injuries you sustained. If an insurer offers an out of court settlement, they will base the amount on the extent of your injuries. Insurers, courts, and lawyers refer to the Judicial College Guidelines when calculating how much they award injured parties.
As a rough idea of the level of compensation you may receive, we have provided a table below:
|Injury type||Guideline Compensation Amount||Further Notes|
|Severe injuries to the ankle||£29,380 to £46,980||Treatment would be lengthy and injured parties may have had to spend quite a considerable amount of time in plaster. They may have needed pins and plates to fix the injury, but there would still be some level of disability that would severely affect their walking ability.|
|Moderate injuries to the ankle||£12,900 to £24,950||Tears to ligaments and fractures that could lead to long-term issues with climbing stairs or crossing uneven ground, for example..|
|Severe injuries to the hip/pelvis||£36,770 to £49,270||A large number of severe hip injuries would result in claims being put into this bracket. One example could be acetabulum fracture leading to degenerative changes. The injured party may need a hip replacement in the future.|
|Moderate injuries to the hip/pelvis||£24,950 to £36,770||Significant injuries to hips or pelvis. These would not, however lead to any great permanent disability.|
|Moderate injuries to the brain||£85,150 to £140,870||There could be an intellectual deficit which could be assessed as being modest to moderate. The ability of the injured party to be able to work would be greatly reduced or removed. Epilepsy could be a risk.|
|Moderate injuries to the brain||£40,410 to £85,150||The memory or concentration of the injured party could be affected in some way, but there would not be a significant need for them to depend on others. Some small risk of epilepsy may exist.|
|Moderate injuries to the neck||£12,900 to £23,460||Stiffness, discomfort and pain could feature. Injuries could include soft tissue or wrenching injuries that lead to spondylosis.|
It is worth noting the amounts indicated in the table above provide an idea of the level of general damages you may receive and does not include ‘special damages’ which are explained in the following section.
For a general idea of the amount of car accident compensation you may be awarded through the Motor Insurers Bureau, please refer to the table below:
|Whiplash||Moderate||£1,290 to £2,300|
|Whiplash||Minor||£650 to £1,290|
|Leg||Minor||Up to £11,110|
|Hand||Minor||Up to £4,461|
|Arm||Minor||£6,190 to £18,020|
|Back||Minor||£7,410 to £11,730|
|Head||Minor||£2,070 to £11,980|
|Foot||Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460|
|Knee||Moderate||£13,920 to £24,580|
|Leg||Moderate||£26,050 to £36,790|
|Hand||Moderate||£5,260 to £12,460|
|Arm||Moderate||£18,020 to £36,770|
|Back||Moderate||£26,050 to £36,390|
|Head||Moderate||£14,380 to £40,410|
|Foot||Severe||£39,390 to £65,710|
|Knee||Severe||£65,440 to £90,290|
|Leg||Severe||£90,320 to £127,530|
|Hand||Severe||£27,220 to £58,100|
|Arm||Severe||£90,250 to £122,860|
|Back||Severe||£85,470 to £151,070|
|Head||Severe||£85,150 to £140,870|
|Head||Very severe brain damage||£264,650 to £379,100|
|Head||Moderate to severe brain damage||£205,580 to £264,650|
|Head||Moderate brain damage||£140,870 to £205,580|
|Head||Minor brain damage||£14,380 to £40,410|
|Foot||Minor||Up to £12,900|
|Knee||Minor||Up to £12,900|
On top of general damages, you may be entitled to claim back your out of pocket expenses when making a car accident personal injury claim. These are known as ‘special damages’, which you could claim back, which would cover the expenses you incurred due to having been involved in a car accident.
The type of costs, damages, and expenses you could claim back are as follows:
- Any medical costs which are not paid for by the NHS. This may include the cost of prescriptions, treatment and therapy provided by the private health sector.
- Any travel costs. This could include parking expenses, the cost of getting to a medical facility whether you go by car, taxi, train, or bus.
- Care costs should you need help around the home.
- Home and vehicle adaptations
- Loss of income and future earnings
- All other costs and expenses linked to injuries sustained in a car accident
To find out how car accident lawyers could assist you in pursuing a claim, please get in touch with a member of our team today.
As one of the UK’s major accident claims specialists, we provide our clients a service that is second to none. Our team boasts the legal expertise required to represent you in a car accident claim, and we work hard to ensure you are awarded the level of compensation you deserve.
Our team of experts are available to take your call 24 hours a day.
We are highly respected by both defendants and insurers when representing clients in personal injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis.
When you contact a member of our team, our advisors will ask for details of the car accident and injuries you suffered. This allows us to assess your case and to determine whether you have a strong case against a negligent party and whether you may have contributed to the accident yourself. Should this be the case, you could still be entitled to seek compensation with help from our panel of car accident lawyers. However, the amount you could be awarded would reflect the level of responsibility you are deemed to have had.
This initial consultation is free of charge, and once we have established your compensation claim is valid, we would offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. In short, you would not have to pay an upfront fee or any ongoing fees for a solicitor to begin their investigations. This is also the case if the case requires court proceedings to ensure a proper resolution.
What are the basic terms of these agreements?
No Win No Fee agreements are also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. They are legal contracts that set out the following:
- The terms and conditions of the contract
- The percentage you would only have to pay when you are awarded compensation for the injuries and damage suffered in a car accident. This is known as a ‘success fee’
- Should your claim be unsuccessful, the ‘success fee’ would no longer be payable.
If you would like more information about No Win No Fee agreements, please get in touch today.
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Here are some frequently asked questions regarding car accident lawyers:
Should I hire a car accident lawyer for a claim after a road incident?
As long as you’re the clear victim with another person or party being responsible for the accident, we recommend hiring a lawyer. This is to ensure that you have the best possible chance of receiving compensation via the claims process. Working with a car accident lawyer also improves the odds of you achieving a strong settlement figure.
When should you hire a car accident lawyer?
It’s wise to hire a lawyer in the aftermath of any car accident which left you hurt and which somebody else caused. That being said, it pays dividends to conduct thorough research before deciding which lawyer to hire. Picking the right car accident lawyer is crucial to you winning your case.
How long does it take to reach a settlement after a car accident?
On average, it takes around six weeks for a settlement to go through processing. This is dependent on several factors, such as the circumstances surrounding the accident and the severity of the victim’s injuries. If a settlement cannot be reached, the claim may end up going to a trial.
What is a good settlement offer?
There are various potential settlement figures that could satisfy the victim, depending on how the car accident occurred. However, finding a suitable balance between what the claimant wants and what the defendant can pay out-of-court is generally an adequate settlement offer. Note, though, that you may not necessarily accept the first settlement offer.
Should I hire a lawyer after a minor car accident?
It isn’t a necessity for a minor situation, but your chances of winning your case could increase greatly if you do.
How do I maximize my car accident settlement?
Receive medical treatment, claim for a feasible figure, take legal advice at various stages and gather as much sufficient evidence as possible.
Can you claim for anxiety after a car accident?
This is a possibility, though you need strong medical evidence to prove the connection between the two.
Can you get PTSD from a minor car accident?
It is possible to develop PTSD after even a small car accident, partly due to the fear of a future, more serious reoccurrence.
Article by HW
Edited by MM
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