What Could I Claim If My Car Accident Was Caught On A Dash-Cam?

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident and it was caught on a dash-cam, you might be able to make a claim. However, you must prove that the accident was caused by a road user breaching their duty of care.

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Accident caught on dash-cam claims guide

In this guide, we will explain in detail the duty of care road users owe one another whilst on the road. Additionally, we will discuss the types of evidence that could be used to help support your claim. Furthermore, we will explain how the Whiplash Reform Programme could affect your potential claim.

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  1. What Could I Claim If My Car Accident Was Caught On A Dash-Cam?
  2. Am I Eligible To Claim If My Road Accident Was Caught On A Dash-Cam?
  3. Evidence Supporting Your Road Traffic Accident Claim
  4. Could Footage Recorded On A Dash-Cam Help My Claim?
  5. Why Contact Accident Claims UK About Road Accident Claims
  6. Learn More About Claiming If A Car Accident Was Caught On A Dash-Cam

What Could I Claim If My Car Accident Was Caught On A Dash-Cam?

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by negligence, general damages could compensate you for the pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of your injuries.

The following table uses the compensation figures from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Various legal professionals use this document to help them value claims. It contains different injuries of varying severities alongside a guideline compensation bracket.

However, the specific factors of your claim will affect how much compensation you receive. So, please only use this table as a guide. 

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Injury Notes Compensation Guidelines
Paraplegia How much is awarded will be affected by the degree of independence, presence/extent of pain, life expectancy, and other factors. £219,070 to £284,260
Amputation of Arms (b)(i) One arm is amputated at the shoulder. Not less than £137,160
Elbow (a) An injury that is severly disabling. £39,170 to £54,830
Neck – Moderate (i) Fractures or dislocations that may need spinal fusion and cause severe immediate symptoms. £24,990 to £38,490
Hand – Less Serious Ability to use the hand is severely affected. £14,450 to £29,000
Knee – Moderate (i) A dislocation or torn meniscus or cartilage causes weakness and minor instability. caused by . £14,480 to £26,190
Ankle – Modest Undisplaced/minor fractures, ligamentous injuries or sprains. Various factors will affect the amount awarded. Up to £13,740
Back – Minor (i) Within 2-5 years, there will be a full recovery from a minor back injury, such as a disc prolapse. £7,890 to £12,510
Whiplash Injury With Psychological Harm More than 9 months, but not more than a year. £2,125
Whiplash Injury Only More than 12 months, but not more than 15 months. £2,040

Road Accident Special Damages

Additionally, your settlement could include special damages. This could compensate you for the financial losses you’ve experienced due to being injured in a road traffic accident, such as:

  • Travel costs.
  • Home adaptations.
  • Medical expenses.
  • And a loss of earnings.

However, you will need to present proof in order for these losses to be fully taken into account in your claim. Proof could include bank statements, invoices, payslips, and receipts.

The Whiplash Reform Program

The Whiplash Reform Programme has affected how low-value road traffic accident claims are made in England and Wales. This applies to claimants aged 18 and over who were the passenger or driver of a vehicle with injuries valued at £5,000 or less. These injuries will be valued in line with the tariff of injuries set out in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021.

If your injuries are valued at over £5,000, you will make your claim the usual way. However, the tariff amount might still apply. Do not hesitate to contact our advisors to see which steps you should take if you were injured in a car accident caught on a dash-cam.

Am I Eligible To Claim If My Road Accident Was Caught On A Dash-Cam?

If you have been injured in a car accident and it was caught on a dash-cam, you might be eligible for compensation. However, you must prove that your injuries were caused by a fellow road user breaching the duty of care they owed you.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians owe each other a duty of care. They must use the roads in a way that prevents accidental injury. Additionally, they must follow the rules set out in the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.

If this duty of care was breached by another road user, this could result in you being injured in a road traffic accident. For example, another driver could be speeding when they illegally merge into your lane. They crash into the side of your car, and you suffer a dislocated shoulder in the accident.

Limitation Periods For Road Traffic Accident Claims

You must ensure that your claim is made within the time limits stated in the Limitation Act 1980 when making a personal injury claim. You will have 3 years to start your claim from the date you were injured.

However, there are certain exceptions to this 3-year limitation. The time limit is suspended for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. A claim could be made by a litigation friend on their behalf while the time limit is suspended. Alternatively, they will have 3 years to begin their claim if they recover this mental capacity.

For child car accident claims, they will have 3 years to start a claim once they turn 18. A litigation friend could claim for them before this point at any time.

Contact our advisors to see whether you still have enough time to start your claim if you were injured in a car accident that was caught on a dash-cam.

Evidence Supporting Your Road Traffic Accident Claim

If you were injured in a car accident and it was caught on a dash-cam, this footage could be used as evidence in your claim. Some more of the evidence you could collect to help support your claim could include:

  • CCTV footage, videos, or photographs of the accident.
  • A police report.
  • Eyewitnesses’ contact details for a statement to be collected later.
  • A copy of your medical report stating your injury.

Contact our advisors if you have any further questions about how to prove a car accident was not your fault. Additionally, they could connect you with one of our solicitors who could help you collect evidence for your claim.

Could Footage Recorded On A Dash-Cam Help My Claim?

Having dash-cam footage of your road traffic accident could benefit your claim, as it could help prove:

  • What kind of road the accident happened on. 
  • Your actions and the actions of the other driver. This could help determine liability. 
  • An interior-cabin view dash-cam could help show you were injured and the accident’s aftermath.

You can contact our advisors to see whether you could make a claim if you have been involved in a car accident that was caught on a dash-cam. If they feel your case is valid, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

Why Contact Accident Claims UK About Road Accident Claims

One of our solicitors could help you with your claim. They have had years of experience handling various personal injury claims and could offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is a type of No Win No Fee agreement, and there are various benefits of working with a solicitor under one, such as:

  • Usually not having to pay your solicitor any upfront service fees.
  • No expectation to pay the solicitor for their services in an unsuccessful claim.
  • The solicitor will take a percentage of your compensation award in the event of a successful claim. This is a success fee, and the amount they can take is legally capped.

Contact our advisors to see whether you could claim if you were injured in a car accident and it was caught on a dash-cam. Additionally, if they think your case is valid, they may connect you with one of our solicitors.

Speak To An Expert About Your Claim

If you are still unsure whether you could claim for a road traffic accident that was caught on a dash-cam, you can contact our advisors. They could advise you on whether you could make a claim and offer free legal advice regarding your claim. They are available to help you 24/7.

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Guide by MR

Edited by FS