If you were involved in a road traffic accident in Oxfordshire on your way home to Charlbury and that accident was down to somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to claim compensation, provided your accident happened within the last 3 years.
What does that mean, somebody else’s negligence?
It may seem at first glance that all accidents are just down to unfortunate circumstances – being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, some accidents are simply down to somebody not doing their duty as an employer or as a motorist. Not all cases are straightforward though, which is why people making personal injury claims always have to prove they were not to blame for their accident and resulting injuries.
- Driving home from Woodstock on the A44 you see a car in front of you swerve from one side of the road to the other. You slow down to avoid getting too close. When you find a safe spot to stop the car, you inform the police there appears to be a drunk driver on the road in front of you. The police stop the drunk driver thanks to your help. Accident prevented – had there been a road traffic accident involving the vehicles in front of you, the drunk driver would have been at fault. A simple case.
Now picture this:
- Driving home from Woodstock on the A44 you see a car in front of you swerve from one side of the road to the other. You put your foot down on the pedal and give chase. As you get closer, you see a woman driver seemingly struggling to get control of the car – typical! Some fool woman behind the wheel of a car much too powerful for her. You don’t have a mobile phone and can’t phone the police but you keep close to her tail, eager not to lose sight of her. A safe spot to stop the car appears – you speed up to get in front of the woman’s car and try to force her to stop so she won’t cause an accident in which somebody gets hurt. However, she ignores you and carries on driving; moments later, you both have an accident in which you are injured. Whose fault was the accident?
You eventually discover the woman was desperately trying to get to a hospital. A bee had entered the car and had stung her – the woman is extremely allergic to bee stings and feared for her life.
If you were partly to blame for your accident, a judge may decide you will just get a proportion of the compensation, you would have received, had you been entirely blameless.
What information does an accident solicitor in Charlbury require to set the claims process in motion?
When you hire an accident solicitor in Charlbury or other legal specialist, you will be asked to supply the names and contact details of everyone involved in your accident, including any potential witnesses. You also have to supply medical records such as diagnosis and treatment of your injuries.
If you are struggling to find a suitable accident solicitor in Charlbury you could you a national specialist such as Accident Advice Helpline. Call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for more information.