Road traffic accidents impact directly on people’s lives. Injuries suffered in these accidents can lead to the victim having to take time off work and lose earnings, either for short periods of time or longer term. In more extreme cases the effects can be devastating, leading to life changing-injuries and even disability. If the individuals who suffered the injuries were not responsible for the accident they may have a strong case to claim compensation. Our team of road traffic solicitors will be able to provide expert advice.
The driver or passenger has the right to claim road traffic compensation, provided they did not bring the misfortune on themselves. The case will be brought against the person who caused the accident.
The solicitor, based on the information provided by the client, will assess if there actually is a case for making a compensation claim. If there is any doubt he or she will help the claimant decide who actually was to blame for the road traffic accident.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident our legal experts are able to draw on the expertise of others when putting together your claim. For example, our medical experts will be able to assess your medical report, which could have a huge bearing on the amount of compensation you will be awarded.
The success of your claim may well depend on the amount of information you are able to provide us with regarding the accident. That is why it always important to note everything you can remember about the incident. Witnesses can provide evidence that your driving was not the cause of the incident, which is why it is so important to gather their names and addresses. Additional evidence might involve footage from roadside CCTV cameras or pictures of damage to your vehicle and other vehicles involved. These can be taken at the scene with a camera or smartphone. All this information will be used by your road traffic solicitor to prove you were not responsible for causing the accident, and identify who was.
Because the medical report is so important your solicitor will ask if you have already undergone a medical examination by a doctor; if not, he or she will suggest you go see your GP. Even if you do not believe you have suffered an injury you should still have an examination. This is because some injuries are not immediately apparent. Also, road traffic compensation claims can be made for psychological as well as physical injury.
Won’t using a road traffic solicitor be expensive?
Legal services are expensive, which is why many people are put off using solicitors, even if they have been the innocent victim of a road traffic accident. However, it is important to note that by not using the specialist knowledge of solicitors they are putting themselves at a disadvantage if the claim is contested. By taking advantage of our services you can be reassured that legal costs will not be an issue. This is because we operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis; in other words, you will not have to pay for our services, even if your claim fails.
Date Published: October 1, 2013
Author: David Brown