Road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in the UK. In fact, in 2015 there were 186,209 people injured in road traffic accidents across the country. In the aftermath of a serious accident, you may not feel physically or emotionally capable of making a claim for personal injury compensation, if somebody else was liable for your accident. It’s at this time that you may need help from the professionals and hiring a specialist personal injury solicitor can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries, loss of earnings and financial expenses. Although the average compensation for road traffic accidents can vary, by taking the 30-second test on our website, you’ll get an idea of how much you could claim – the calculator uses figures based on average compensation for road traffic accidents in the past.
What are the figures for average compensation for road traffic accidents?
It’s hard to say exactly what the average compensation for road traffic accidents amount is, because the circumstances of accidents and the injuries suffered can vary greatly, which means the same is true of personal injury settlements. You can expect to receive anything from a few hundred to several thousand pounds, and generally speaking, the more serious the injury, the higher the award. For example, if you have suffered a brain injury after a collision on a motorway, you’re likely to receive more compensation than somebody who has suffered whiplash in a rear-end collision.
What are the most common road traffic accident injuries?
Some of the most common injuries to be suffered in road traffic accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Lacerations from broken glass
Spinal cord injuries are, unfortunately, also fairly common in high speed crashes and have the potential to change the rest of your life. You could be left temporarily or permanently disabled, unable to live your life to the full or go to work to earn a living and support your family. Making a personal injury claim can help to ease your financial worries, as you’ll be able to claim compensation for your lost earnings and also to cover the cost of any medical treatment or care you need.
Can you claim compensation for minor injuries?
Many people don’t realise that you can claim compensation for minor injuries as well as more serious injuries. In fact, if your road traffic accident was caused by another driver, you can claim compensation for almost any type of injury that you sought medical attention for. Compensation for minor injuries, such as whiplash, can range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds, depending on the severity of the injury and how it has affected your life. Whiplash injuries are more common than you might think, in fact, a Freedom of Information request by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers revealed that in 2015 there were 335,365 recorded claims involving whiplash injuries. You could still make a personal injury claim for a sprained ankle or a fractured wrist, and we will take into account the severity of your injury and how it has affected your life. This allows us to work out your personal injury settlement, which can vary from the average compensation for road traffic accidents figures.
Are the number of road traffic accidents in the UK decreasing?
The good news is that fatalities caused by road traffic accidents are today at their lowest level since records began. But we’re still seeing an average of five deaths and 59 serious injuries a day caused by road traffic accidents in the UK. So whilst the number of accidents is on the decline, there is still a long way to go and thousands of accidents a year which could be prevented. If you have been injured in an accident and you’re unsure who is at fault, or if you need advice and to find out if you’re eligible to claim compensation, you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We have been helping people claim since 2000, and our advisors are on hand to offer their expert advice and share their knowledge with you.
Is it worth claiming compensation?
We are often asked how much it will cost to make a personal injury claim and what the average compensation for road traffic accidents is. The answer to the first question is that it won’t cost you anything to make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline, as our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so there are no upfront legal fees to worry about. Whilst the average compensation for road traffic accidents can vary, you can get an idea of what you could claim by calling us or taking the 30-second test on our website. It’s definitely worth considering making a claim, even if you have only suffered minor injuries in an accident where somebody else was at fault.
For example, if you are injured after another driver rear ends your vehicle at a red light, you may escape with whiplash and some cuts and bruises. But this could well mean taking a week or two off work until you recover, and if you make a personal injury claim then you’ll be able to claim compensation for any earnings lost during your time off work. Did you know that you can also claim for any expenses you’ve incurred after your accident? For example, if you need to pay for prescription painkillers or travel to and from hospital appointments, this can form part of your claim.
Call us today to find out more
You can trust us to handle your claim professionally and efficiently, so if you’d like to find out more about the average compensation for road traffic accidents, or get the ball rolling on your claim, you can pick up the phone and call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to see if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: 9th August 2013
Author: David Brown