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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

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    How car accident claims work

    It is often the case that when there is a car accident people are more concerned with damage to their vehicles, but there may also be a case for a personal injury claim. Even the smallest of injuries could leave you out of pocket in some way and this could give you grounds to make a claim. Some people are not sure about how car accident claims work, but if you are involved in a car accident and it is clear that somebody else was to blame for it, you will be able to make a claim if you are injured. If you are a passenger in a car and the driver causes an accident then you can make a claim on their insurance for personal injury.

    It is normal in the event of a car accident to take details of any witnesses that are around at the time. These witnesses can also prove to be useful for your personal injury claim as you may need corroboration of the events. Taking photographs, both the scene of the accident and your injuries, is a good idea as you will need this as supporting evidence later. If the driver who caused the accident is not insured, or does not stay on the scene, it is important to go to the police and report it.

    Making a claim as soon as possible after the accident has occurred is essential, although legally you have three years to begin the claims process. If the injury only becomes apparent at a later date, the three year period begins from when the injury diagnosis is made. There are also slightly different regulations for those who are under the age of 18.

    When you have made the decision to make enquiries about a personal injury claim, it is a good idea to talk to the experienced staff at Accident Advice Helpline. It costs you nothing to make the call and all cases are dealt with on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis, so you will not face a bill for making a claim. All solicitors for Accident Advice Helpline are experienced in personal injury claims and you will be matched with a solicitor who is experienced in your type of case.

    In the first instance you will need to explain exactly what happened, what injuries you sustained and the evidence that you have to support your claim. We will be able to advise you if you have grounds for making a personal injury claim and will then explain how the case will proceed. We have a handy online calculator which takes only seconds to use, that can show you roughly how much compensation you can expect to receive. This is a rough guide, however, and the actual compensation that you receive will depend upon a number of factors and will be explained to you by your solicitor. Finding out more about this will not cost you anything and obtaining compensation for the injuries that have been caused by a careless driver may be able to make all the difference to you in the future.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.