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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

    Who do I claim against?


    Compensation for personal injury can only be claimed by someone unlucky enough to have been the victim, which can often leave you wondering ‘who do I claim against?’ If you were the cause of the accident, obviously you cannot claim compensation. The same applies if you have been injured in a road traffic accident; you will not be able to make a claim if you were responsible for the collision. However, if another driver caused it you can claim against him or her.

    If you have been injured in a car accident you will need to make a claim against the driver of the vehicle responsible; passengers can also claim for personal injury in such circumstances. If the vehicle you were travelling in as a passenger caused the accident you would claim against its driver.

    This may cause difficulties if you are a work colleague, friend or relative of the driver, but it should not prevent you making a claim for compensation. Remember, it will be the driver’s motor insurance that pays the compensation, not the driver.

    Seeking assistance with your claim for compensation

    If you find yourself in the position of having to claim for compensation you should seek legal assistance. The process can be very complicated and time consuming and our experienced legal team will be on hand to help you with the process as well as provide representation.

    What to do following a road traffic accident

    While we can help you with your road accident compensation claim, you can also help yourself. This should start at the scene of the accident. The driver should not leave the site of the incident and the police should be called. A police investigation of the incident should determine who was to blame. This is very important, as the driver who caused the accident will be the person against whom the claim is made.

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    Do not believe any verbal admissions of claim at the scene of the accident. The other driver can easily change their mind when it comes to informing their insurance company. Instead, gather as much information as possible. This includes taking the names and addresses of any witnesses who saw the accident. Their statements could prove crucial in helping secure compensation.

    If you have a camera or camera phone to hand take pictures of the damage to your vehicle or the vehicle in which you were passenger, along with any other vehicle involved. In addition, take pictures of the road surface to indicate the weather conditions at the time.

    While all this evidence will greatly help our experts in fighting your case for compensation, there is one other thing you should do. Go to see a doctor as soon after the accident as possible; do this even if you feel you are physically OK.

    We have medical experts to assist us in building your case for compensation, which is based on your doctor’s notes following the examination.

    No win no fee

    If you are worried about the cost, do not be concerned about approaching us for assistance. We represent our clients on a no win, no fee* basis, which means that if we feel you have a good case for making a compensation claim you will not have anything to pay should it fail.

    Date Published: September 24, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

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