Britain has some of the safest roads in Europe, with a falling number of road accident fatalities. Around five people are still killed every single day on our roads, however, and a good deal more are injured. While our roads themselves are relatively safe, other drivers can still be a danger. If you have been injured in a road accident which you feel was due to the negligence of the other driver involved, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Proving the other driver’s negligence
While it can sometimes be difficult to tell who was at fault in a road accident, there are a few guidelines which may be able to provide a strong indication. If either driver has violated any of the rules of the road, for example, there is a strong chance that the law would consider them responsible for the accident. Equally, if either driver was driving a faulty or poorly maintained vehicle at the time of the accident, it is likely they are to blame. If neither of these is the case, and neither driver wishes to accept responsibility, then the court may look at the condition of the vehicles to try to decide who was to blame.
If you are involved in a road accident and feel you were not to blame, it’s vitally important that you don’t accidentally or implicitly accept blame, even simply out of politeness. Insurance companies often make it a condition of their policies that drivers mustn’t even apologise to the other driver at any point, as this could be considered an admission of blame.
How to make a claim for personal injury compensation after a road accident
If you are considering making a claim for personal injury compensation from a negligent driver, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline for advice. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be valid, what evidence would be needed, and how much compensation you could possibly receive depending on the severity of your injuries. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500, so feel free to call whenever is convenient.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which works primarily on a no win, no fee basis helping innocent people who have faced hardship, unemployment or disability as a result of their injuries to receive the compensation they are legally entitled to.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown