Road Traffic Injuries
Although there has been a much welcomed reduction in road traffic accidents, last year 24,517 people were reported killed or seriously injured. In total in 2010 there were 208,655 casualties, slight injuries, serious injuries and fatalities, reported to the police. However not all non-fatal accidents are reported to the police. The Department of Transport estimates that the total number of road casualties in Great Britain, including those not reported is between 660,000 – 800,000.
The Transport Department estimates that 9,700 reported casualties, 5% of all road casualties, occurred when someone was driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit. There are an estimated 350,000 ‘hit and run’ accidents every year, fortunately most of these accidents do not result in personal injury, but sadly some do result in death or serious injuries. The Motor Insurance Bureau(MIB) reports that untraced drivers (“hit and run”) kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year. According to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) statistics there are just under 1.4 million uninsured drivers, out of this figure as many as 200,000 young people between the ages of 17 and 20 are estimated to be driving without insurance.
Road Traffic Accident – You can claim if you:
- Have an accident less than 3 years ago
- If someone else is to blame, even if this is your partner driving the car
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a car accident, which was not your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Every year, car accidents cost thousands of lives, 40,000 serious injuries, three million NHS bed days, huge trauma, illness, and absenteeism. A report issued by the World Health Organisation warns that on current trends car accidents could outstrip stroke and HIV as one of the main causes of preventable deaths by 2020.
Car accident claims we have handled successfully include accidents involving:
- Brain and spinal injuries
- Claims on behalf of children
- Claims made by passengers on public and private transport
- Injuries of the utmost severity to motorcyclists
- Claims involving uninsured victims and drivers and un-chased (‘hit and run’)
victims and drivers
- Injuries involving pedestrians
- Injuries caused by defective vehicles
- Injuries suffered in car accidents in foreign jurisdictions
Whether you were the driver or passenger of a car, motorcyclist or a victim of a ‘hit and run’ you will, no doubt, have experienced severe pain and suffering and could be entitled to make a car accident claim. Road accidents are the most common cause of personal injury claims.
Typically some of the injuries suffered in a car accident can usually be whiplash, back injuries or soft tissue injury claims.
What to do after a car accident?
- Obtain name, address and contact details of the other person along with details of their insurance company and policy details
- Obtain full details of witnesses
- Take photographs of the accident scene.
- If you are injured, report the accident to the police
- You have nothing to lose and everything to gain
- In most cases it is free to claim and you will recover 100% of your compensation if successful
The most common claims for car accident compensation are whiplash claims, but claims can be made for a variety of road accident injuries. These include broken limbs, bruises, or psychological injuries.
Why do car accidents happen?
In any case, our specialist injury claims solicitors will make sure that you receive the car accident compensation you are entitled to. You will feel far more comfortable knowing that the right decisions are being made about your car accident claim, and its value.
After a car accident (or road traffic accident), the law requires you to stop at the scene and exchange insurance details, and to call the police, if necessary. Indeed, if the offending party doesn’t stop, the car accident could be classed as a hit and run, which is a criminal offence.
Because a car accident could happen at any moment, it’s recommended that you prepare for the unforeseen:
- Have a disposable camera in the car for taking pictures of the car accident scene from all different angles. This helps injury solicitors see how accidents unfolded and makes car accident compensation claims easier
- Keep a pen and notepad in your car at all times. It’s very important to write down the details of the other person(s) involved in the car accident, as well as the time of the road accident, the weather conditions, names and numbers of any emergency servicemen at the scene, along with any other important information such as if the other party were using indicators correctly, or if they were on their mobile phone at the time of the accident. You could also record any injuries sustained by other parties as a result of the car accident.
Claiming compensation after a road traffic accident
Remember that all drivers should be insured against car accident claims. Insurers charge insurance premiums so that they can pay out car accident compensation claims, as well as making profits for their shareholders. You should not feel embarrassed or reluctant about making a car accident claim if you have suffered an injury from a car accident that was not your fault.
Car accident compensation will not make you better, but it may help to cover your losses and ease your suffering. In particular, this is important to make a road accident claim if you’ve had to take time off work, causing you to miss out on earnings. Anyone who has sustained an injury in a car accident – be they driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian – should get independent advice about whether they would be eligible to make a car accident compensation claim, and how to do it properly.
Call our team of car accident specialist helpers now for free help and guidance following an injury, or fill out our short online Claim Form.
For more information on no win no fee compensation claims, call our team or claim online today.
Am I eligible to claim compensation?
Even the most experienced drivers can have difficulties when there’s ice or snow on the roads. In the event that you are injured in a collision after another driver loses control of their vehicle you are likely to have a strong claim for compensation as drivers are required to take much greater care in ice and snow. London Claims Advice may be able to help you claim compensation. It’s important to remember that all motorists are required by law to take out car insurance policies. One of the reasons for taking out motor insurance is to cover the costs of any compensation claims should they arise.
You can also make a compensation claim if you were injured in an accident on the roads while travelling as a passenger even if you were in a friend or relatives car. The claim will be dealt with and paid by an insurance company rather than your friend or relative.