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    Road traffic accident claims – common misconceptions

    Road traffic accident claims – common misconceptions

    Over 100 people are killed or suffer serious injuries on the UK’s roads each day. If you are injured in a road traffic accident, whether you are the driver, a passenger or a pedestrian, you can make a claim for compensation if it was the fault of another individual. An individual may not only receive compensation for an injury that they have sustained, but also for damage to their vehicle and any other financial losses that they have suffered.

    Road traffic accident claims can be made for accidents that do not involve cars. Common claims include car, bus, coach, cycling, motorbike, pedestrian and passenger accident claims. Road accidents can result in a range of injuries, the most well-known of which is probably whiplash. However, you can also suffer spinal injuries, limb amputations, soft tissue damage, cuts, head injuries, bone fractures and breaks, bruising and even fatality.

    There are a number of misconceptions about road traffic accidents. Some people believe that speed cameras do little to reduce the number of road accidents. However, speed is the biggest contributing factor to accidents, and even if it does not cause the accident it will certainly make the injuries worse. Speed cameras do reduce the number of deaths on our roads, though. In sites where speed cameras have been installed, the number of individuals seriously injured in road accidents has dropped by 40 per cent.

    The UK’s roads may not be the safest in Europe, but with an average of nine deaths and 100 serious injuries every day, they are roughly on a par with other European countries. Over the last few decades there has been a fall in the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed on our roads. Unfortunately, the UK’s pedestrian casualty rate is one of the worst in Europe. A child pedestrian involved in an RTA in the UK is three times more likely to die than a child involved in an RTA in Italy, and twice as likely to die as a child in France.

    It is a common misconception that all RTA claims are the same but this cannot be true, as what to one individual may be a minor injury may be more serious to another person. Neither is it true that all RTA claims concern whiplash, as the range of injuries that can be sustained is considerable, ranging from paralysis to post-traumatic stress disorder. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we “take our victims as we find them,” meaning that we treat each person as an individual and each claim is treated individually.

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    It is also a common misconception which has been encouraged by the media that the UK is a compensation culture, frequently comparing the UK to America. However, although it is true that the number of claims being filed has increased in recent years, this is not so much to do with a change in attitudes, but rather due to the increasing amount of traffic on the UK’s roads.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to make your claim.

    Date Published: October 11, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims

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