In the 1980s, 15 people a day lost their lives in road traffic accidents. Now with much more traffic on the roads, this figure has been reduced to an average of 5 people a day losing their life in this way. This is because cars are safer than ever and roads are better planned but 5 people a day dying in road traffic accidents is still too many.
The shame of it is that some of those people would have died in accidents that were not their fault and the bereaved family will be able to claim compensation for the loss of their loved one. That is not much consolation to them while they are grieving, but their financial circumstances may well mean they need to make the claim sooner rather than later.
Our accident lawyer in Broxburn has dealt with many claims of this nature, and understands what a difficult time it is for the family.
The dependents our accident lawyer in Broxburn can help claim compensation
UK law says that to make a fatal injury claim you have to have been dependent on the deceased. It also specifies who can make a claim, which includes:
- A wife or husband
- An ex-wife or ex-husband
- A civil partner
- An ex-civil partner
- Anyone they have lived with as husband and wife for more than two years
- Any children that lived with them and they treated as their own
- Brothers and sisters
- Aunts and uncles
The government pays a statutory bereavement allowance but this can only be paid once. If more than one person proves their dependency, it is split equally between them.Open Claim Calculator
This all sounds very complicated at a time when the family need things to be as simple as possible, which is why many of them turn to Accident Advice Helpline to make their fatal injury claim.
We are here to help
Accident Advice Helpline deal with all types of accident claims and over the last 14 years have helped thousands of innocent victims get the compensation they were entitled to. Unfortunately, among them there has been numerous fatal injury claims.
As well as being friendly and helpful, our advisors are compassionate. They will listen to what has happened and give you free legal advice about the best way to proceed. You can chat to them in confidence, without any obligation to make a compensation claim.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We are confident that you will be pleased you contacted Accident Advice Helpline.