Whether you were driving a passenger or a pedestrian, if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, your first priority will obviously be to get well and get over the stressful incident. And research shows that most road traffic accident claims involve drivers being injured in accidents which are the fault, or partial fault, of another road user.
And what’s more, it’s estimated that road traffic accidents make up the vast majority of personal injury claims in the UK
However, you may also want – or need – financial compensation to cover costs such as medical fees or time lost from work due to injury, and that’s where our personal injury solicitors come in.
You can visit us at any one of our four offices in Salisbury, Fordingbridge, Andover and Amesbury. We regularly run claims for road accident compensation throughout the south of England and in particular Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Berkshire and Gloucestershire.
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Who Can Claim Compensation After A Road Traffic Accident?
Obviously each case is different, but generally, if you were involved in an accident that wasn’t at all your fault, you should be able to get compensation from someone.
Accidents could be caused by other vehicles or pedestrians, and even if the other driver failed to stop or was uninsured, you should seek legal advice about making a claim.
The potential financial cost of high medical bills and loss of earnings could merit compensation, and solicitors can arrange medical assessments to assist you with your claim.
As with all compensation claims, you will need to be able to prove that another person was at fault, so the more evidence and information you can gather at the scene, the better.
If you’re hurt as a result of a car running into the back of you, for instance, it’s obvious that you weren’t to blame for your own injury. Once the other side’s negligence has been proved, accident compensation usually follows.
Who do I claim against?
Who you make the claim against will depend on the circumstances of your particular accident.
If, for example, you were involved in a collision and weren’t driving (if you were a passenger), your claim will be made against the insurance company of the person either driving the vehicle you were in or the person who was driving another vehicle which was involved.
Sometimes – when responsibility is difficult to determine – it can end up being both drivers.
If, however, you yourself were driving the vehicle, you would make a claim against the insurance company of the person driving the vehicle which collided with you (the same goes if you were a pedestrian or motorcyclist who wasn’t at fault).
It is also worth enquiring about claiming compensation if you feel that dangerous road conditions such as ice, surface water or pot holes could have contributed to your road accident. Such hazards often result from negligence and you may be entitled to make a driver accident claim against the Highways Authority, who are responsible for safety on public roads and are obliged to “ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice”.
Claiming for compensation – even if the situation is fairly straight forward – can be incredibly complex, and for this reason, you’ll need to take the advice of a solicitor who specialises in accident claims. They can guide you through the entire process and can answer any questions you may have regarding the accident and how much compensation you’d be likely to get.
Can I claim compensation for a road traffic accident myself?
It’s not impossible to pursue a claim yourself, but it’s extremely ill-advised – a specialist accident claim solicitor represents your best chance of success, and will make the whole experience much less stressful.
And without a solicitor, you are unlikely to know the right level of compensation to press for – and if your case is a strong one, the insurer on the other side is likely to make an initial offer to you that is far too low. Our advice is simple. Always take specialist legal advice.
Claiming For Compensation –Your Next Step- find a Panel Accredited Injury Solicitor
Once you’ve decided you want to claim for accident compensation, your next step is to find a solicitor that is reasonably local to you, experienced, and knowledgeable in the area of claiming compensation for road traffic accidents. Our team have that experience – with membership of the Law Society personal injury panel, by instructing us here at Bonallack and Bishop you can rest assured that you are appointing an independently assessed genuine personal injury specialist.
Less than 0.3% of solicitors nationwide are specialist enough to have been granted membership of this prestigious panel.
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Free legal advice
Not only are our Personal Injury Solicitors accredited member of the specialist Law Society Personal Injury Panel – but we also offer a the following no strings attached free advice for all accident and medical negligence compensation claims
- FREE initial phone advice
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How can I fund my road accident compensation claim?
Provided your case is a strong one, our solicitors are happy to help you with legal advice and representation under a ‘no win no fee’ agreement – so you don’t have to worry about running up a big legal bill.
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I received an injury in a car park accident. Can I still claim compensation?
The answer is yes. However, to make a successful claim, you will have prove that your injuries were caused by a lack of care or negligence on behalf of the car park management. Any car park which is managed by a restaurant, supermarket or a sports venue amongst any other type of business is liable in the event that you received an injury on their premises.
Car park injury claims can be complex because to receive compensation you have to show how it is that you slipped, tripped or fell. As a result, you may have to provide evidence that the car park management neglected their responsibilities in removing or clearing any hazards which may have caused the accident. Remember, car park management companies will be looking to avoid responsibility wherever possible.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
There are no hard and fast rules for this, as each claim is different and is settled on its own merits. However, the process is much faster than it used to be.
This is a considerable tightening up of timescales, when it could take anything up to three months before the other side even made a statement about their liability.
A faster claim is obviously much less stressful for all concerned, and it’s not unusual for simple injury compensation claims where responsibility for causing the accidents is immediately accepted, to now be settled within a couple of months.
So if you have been involved in a no fault road accident – contact us today to see if you could be entitled to claim compensation – you have nothing to lose.
Pedestrian Accident Compensation Claims
It is thought that around 30,000 pedestrians are injured in road traffic accidents every year. While most of the injuries sustained are, thankfully, relatively minor and the pedestrians involved make a complete recovery, this isn’t always the case. A pedestrian who is involved in accidents through no fault of their own can be seriously injured or even killed.
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in a road traffic accident, by a car, motorbike, lorry or another vehicle, you may well be able to make a claim for compensation. It is certainly worth doing this as if you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
Pedestrian Injuries – claim the compensation you deserve
This compensation will take into account any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of the accident, such as if you have had to take time off work to recover. If your loss of earnings is
Pedestrian Claims – common causes
Amongst the situations in which a pedestrian can make a personal injury claim following a road traffic accident are:
• An accident caused by a car being out of control or speeding, which then leads to a collision with the pedestrian.
• An accident caused by a vehicle failing to stop while the pedestrian was trying to legally cross the road, either at a designated crossing or at a safe point to cross if no designated crossing was provided.
I was recently involved in a public transport accident. Can I make an injury claim?
Did you go on a trip which ended badly? Perhaps you were travelling home as a passenger on the bus after a day at work or out shopping, when the vehicle was involved in an accident. As a result you may have suffered and sustained personal injuries.
The good news is that if you were involved in a public transport accident, involving a bus or a taxi for example, you could be eligible for compensation in the form of a public transport claim. If it’s determined that the driver was at fault concerning the collision you were involved in, then it’s possible for the accident claim to be made by the company that employs the bus or taxi driver.
An accident on a bus can be the result of careless or even dangerous driving which results in serious injury or trauma. If you or other passengers in the bus or taxi were being thrown out of your seat by a driver who was speeding, braking suddenly or too hard, or even driving fast around corners, then the bus driver could be found to be at fault for the accident
If you think you might have a personal injury claim but are unsure as to whether your case counts, please get in touch with our team of specialist solicitors. We’ll be more than happy to advise you.