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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    True or False? You can only claim for compensation if someone is breaking the law


    ‘You can only claim for compensation if someone is breaking the law.’ To determine whether this statement is true or false, it is perhaps best to take a look at the possible causes of a road traffic accident, for instance.

    Common causes

    Many motoring accidents are the result of one or more of the following possible causes:

    • Speeding
    • Driver distraction, such as use of a mobile while driving
    • Ignoring traffic signals or signs
    • Vehicle defects
    • Tiredness
    • Poor road or weather conditions
    • Lack of experience

    The former three examples would involve drivers breaking the law and the fourth, vehicle defects, would only be a case of breaking the law if the driver knowingly drove a vehicle that was not roadworthy.

    When drivers are not breaking the law

    Traffic accidents caused by tiredness, lack of experience, bad weather or poor road conditions would not be described as the driver having broken any specific driving laws. The responsible driver could, however, be guilty of neglecting his or her duty of care towards other road users.

    If you were injured in an accident on the road because another driver was tired or fell asleep at the wheel, for example, you could therefore claim for compensation in spite of the fact that no laws were broken.

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    True or false

    These facts make it clear that the statement ‘You can only claim for compensation if someone is breaking the law’ is false. While a breach of duty of care will have to be shown, making a car accident claim is not dependent on another driver actually having broken specific laws.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    As a law firm specialising in car crash claims, we can help you get the compensation and justice you are entitled to after your vehicle accident.

    Our solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so there is no need to abstain from claiming for fear of the financial implications of engaging a member of our nationwide legal team. Any
    fees or other expenses we incur during the claim process will be deducted from your compensation, as a percentage, once your claim process has been successfully concluded.

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    Talk to one of our friendly advisors on 0333 500 0993, from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline. Alternatively, simply complete our 30-second test online now to enlist our help.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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