Making a pedestrian road traffic accident claim abroad will have its complications. After all, laws differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and there is the problem of foreign languages to deal with. Depending on the circumstances, and providing you seek specialist legal help, you may be able to make that claim.
A successful claim resulting in compensation will be vital if you have been the victim of a road traffic injury while away from the UK. There will be the cost of foreign healthcare to pay for, and if needed, the cost of repatriation. Once you are back home, you may have to take time off work while recovering, as well as meet the cost of prescribed medication, travel to and from treatment and any non-NHS therapies.
To make a pedestrian road traffic accident claim abroad, you are best advised to seek legal help. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have the solicitors and staff experienced in dealing with claims for people who have been injured as pedestrians in road traffic accidents abroad.
It must be understood that if you brought the misfortune on yourself, the chances of making a successful claim are diminished. If you forgot that traffic in many foreign countries travels on the right hand side, and looked the wrong way before crossing the road, resulting in the accident, you could be deemed to have brought the injury on yourself. The same applies if you attempted to cross on a crossing when the traffic lights were green.
When you make contact with Accident Advice helpline, we will determine if you do have grounds for making the claim. Your claim can be backed up by witnesses who saw the accident, as well as reports from the local police that undertook the investigation.
Any doctors’ or hospital reports on your injuries will also provide crucial information. We may arrange for you to have an examination by a local doctor to help us put your claim together.
Proving liability can be difficult, especially if the accident happened abroad. There are countries, such as France, where you can make still make a claim for personal injury following a road traffic accident without having to prove who was to blame. This will make the issue much less complicated and we will advise if this applies to your case. If liability has to be proved, however, we will use our endeavours, based on the information given to us, to discover who the culpable party is and who the claim should be made against.
After being faced with the trauma of suffering a road traffic injury as a pedestrian abroad, the last thing you will need is to face legal costs if the claim is lost. If we find you have grounds for a claim, you will not be faced with that dilemma. We provide representation on a no win, no fee basis, so you will not have to pay our fees if the claim proves to be unsuccessful.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown