FAQ’s On Road Traffic Accident Claims
In this guide, we aim to answer commonly asked questions relating to road traffic accident claims. Initially, we’ll explain when you might be entitled to claim road traffic accident compensation and what evidence you could supply to make your case stronger.
Next, you’ll read about the time limits that apply to personal injury claims and how much compensation you might receive if your claim is successful. There’s also advice on how whiplash injury claims and uninsured driver claims work.
Towards the end of the guide, you’ll learn how you could benefit from the support of one of our personal injury solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis if your case is valid.
Our team of advisors offer a free initial review of road traffic accident compensation claims where you can discuss your options and find out whether you’re eligible to proceed. They can also answer your questions and offer free advice. To reach them, you can:
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- What Are The Time Limits For Road Traffic Accident Claims?
- Can I Claim If The Other Driver Is Uninsured Or Didn’t Stop?
- How Much Road Traffic Accident Compensation Could I Receive?
- Why Use Personal Injury Solicitors On A No Win No Fee Basis?
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Road users owe a duty of care to prevent injury or damage from being sustained by themselves and others when they use the roads. This duty can be upheld by adhering to the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.
You could be entitled to claim compensation for a personal injury following a road traffic accident if:
- You were owed a duty of care by another road user.
- The other road user breached their duty of care.
- You suffered injuries as a result of the breach.
For example, you might suffer a serious neck injury in a rear end collision because another driver was using their phone while operating their vehicle and not paying attention to the road in front. In this instance, it might be possible to make a car accident claim for the injuries you sustained.
What Are Split Liability Car Accident Claims?
There may be cases where both parties are each partially liable for a road traffic accident. In this instance, a split liability claim could be made. As such, you could still seek compensation, but the amount you receive would be reduced according to how at fault for the accident you were.
For more information on split liability claims as well as the eligibility criteria for road traffic accident claims, please get in touch with an advisor on the number above.
Evidence can help support road traffic accident claims by showing another road user was at least partially responsible for your accident and injuries.
The types of evidence you could use to make your claim stronger include:
- Dashcam footage of the accident (from your vehicle or that of a witness).
- Details about any medical treatment you received.
- Contact information from any potential witnesses in case statements are needed later on.
- Photographs of the accident scene, vehicle damage and any visible injuries.
If you choose to instruct a solicitor, they can help you gather evidence to support your case. Our solicitors have experience with handling claims for a road traffic accident, including cycle accident claims, motorbike accident claims, and claims involving uninsured or untraceable drivers. Call an advisor on the number above to learn more about how they could assist you in seeking compensation.
Personal injury claims generally have a 3-year time limit. This is set out in the Limitation Act 1980 and means you typically have three years to start legal proceedings from the accident date. However, there are some exceptions to the limitation period. They include:
- Where a child is injured, their time limit doesn’t start until their 18th birthday. If no claim has been started for them before this point, they will have three years to initiate legal proceedings themselves from when they turn 18.
- Where the party has a reduced mental capacity to deal with a claim, the time limit is paused indefinitely. If the person recovers their capacity, they’ll have three years from the recovery date provided no claim has already been made for them.
In both scenarios, a family member, friend or responsible adult could become a litigation friend to manage the claims process on the claimant’s behalf while the time limit is paused.
For further guidance on the time limits for road traffic accident claims, please contact an advisor on the number above.
If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured or untraceable driver, such as a hit and run accident, there is still an avenue you can take to seek compensation.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) helps those injured in road accidents where normal routes to seeking compensation are unavailable. However, the eligibility criteria mentioned above still needs to be met.
If you’d like one of our solicitors to help you make a road traffic accident claim through the MIB, please call today to see if your case is valid.
Settlements awarded in successful road traffic accident claims can comprise up to two heads of loss. The first, general damages, covers pain and suffering caused by the injuries sustained, physical and/or psychological. The second head of loss, special damages may also form part of your payout. This covers financial losses linked to your injuries such as lost earnings, care costs and medical expenses.
To establish how much general damages you might be awarded, reference can be made to your medical records as well as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).
The JCG lists several guideline compensation brackets for a range of injuries that could potentially be suffered in a road traffic accident.
Our table uses figures from the latest edition of the JCG. However, please remember that the amounts are guidelines only.
The first entry is not from the JCG. Additionally, the last two amounts are fixed tariff amounts from the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. These are used to value whiplash injuries.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Guideline Compensation Brackets||Additional Information|
|Several Serious Injuries with Monetary Expenses||Serious||Up to and above £1,000,000||You could receive compensation for the physical, psychological, and financial impacts of several serious injuries. Financial losses compensated could include lost income and care costs.|
|Paralysis||Quadriplegia||£324,600 to £403,990||Upper and lower body paralysis with factors such as the person's age influencing the award.|
|Paraplegia||£219,070 to £284,260||Lower body paralysis with factors such as the person's age and life expectancy influencing the award.|
|Brain||Very Severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The injured party will have little, if any, evidence of environmental response or language function. They will also require full-time nursing care.|
|Neck||Severe (i)||Around £148,330||The type of neck injury linked with incomplete paraplegia or one that results in permanent spastic quadriparesis.|
|Moderate (iii)||£7,890 to £13,740||Moderate soft tissue injuries where there has been a fairly protracted recovery period. There will be an increased vulnerability to further trauma.|
|Knee||Severe (i)||£69,730 to £96,210||There has been a disruption to the joint from a serious knee injury alongside gross ligament damage and considerable function loss and pain with other issues.|
|Moderate (ii)||Up to £13,740||Injuries in this bracket include lacerations, twisting, or bruising.|
|Whiplash||One or multiple whiplash injuries||£4,215||Where symptoms continue for 18-24 months.|
|One or multiple whiplash injuries with one or more minor psychological injuries||£4,345||Where symptoms continue for 18-24 months.|
Can I Claim For Whiplash After A Road Traffic Accident?
The way in which certain road traffic accident claims are made have changed. Since the Whiplash Reform Programme was introduced, passengers and drivers of vehicles with injuries valued at £5,000 or less must proceed down a different avenue to the normal claims process. Also, any whiplash injuries sustained will be valued in accordance with the fixed tariff detailed in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021.
If your claim is valued at more than £5,000, the normal claims process will apply. This may be the case if you have sustained more than one injury for example. If this is the case, your other injuries will be valued in the normal way but the fixed tariff will still be applied to any whiplash injuries.
To see how the new whiplash reforms might apply to your road traffic accident claim, please call our team today.
If you instruct one of our expert solicitors who has experience of handling road traffic accident claims, they could make the process of seeking compensation easier. Some of the ways they could help you include:
- Collecting supporting evidence for your claim.
- Sending correspondence on your behalf.
- Sending you updates on the progress of your case regularly.
- Valuing your case.
Importantly, our solicitors offer a No Win No Fee service. They do so by working under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Typically, this means you don’t pay for your solicitor’s work in advance or during the claims process. You also won’t need to pay for any of your solicitor’s services if the claim fails.
There will be a success fee deducted from the compensation you are awarded. This success fee is a legally capped percentage ensuring you still keep the majority of your settlement.
To find out if you could make a No Win No Fee road traffic accident claim, please:
- Call us on 0151 375 9916.
- Contact us online to tell us about your accident.
- Use our free live chat service.
Here are a few more of our guides about road traffic accident claims:
- How to claim for an accident on public transport that left you injured.
- Advice on how solicitors for car accident claims can help you.
- Information on when passenger injury claims are possible.
Finally, we’ve linked to some external guides that might also help:
- Government advice on how to request CCTV footage of yourself.
- NHS guidance on when to go to A&E if you’re injured.
- Helpful advice for road users from Think!
If you’d like more information on road traffic accident claims, please call our team today.