A road traffic accident is when a vehicle collides with something; this could be another vehicle, an animal, a pedestrian or a tree. Around 200,000 people are injured in road accidents in the UK every year. The accidents range from a mild light collision resulting in non-severe injuries, to head-on collisions sometimes resulting in death. If you have been involved in an accident, you may be able to make a claim for car accident negligence in Bristol.
Road traffic injuries which lead to death are mostly among the young aged between 15-29 years. Half of the people who die in road traffic accidents tend to be vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
Injuries from car accident negligence in Bristol and all over the UK cause a great amount of economic loss for the victims, their families and the nation as a whole. This is due to the cost of treatments and a loss in wages.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident then there are various injuries you could sustain:
- Cuts and bruises
- Head injuries – even brain damage
- Broken bones
- Damaged joints
All of these can be very painful and have an impact on people’s lives. There are many causes of car accident negligence in Bristol and different circumstances under which an accident can happen, which usually have an effect on the types of injuries sustained. Some of the circumstances affecting road traffic accidents are:
- The speed the vehicle or vehicles are travelling at
- Drink driving – if a person is driving over the legal drink driving limit
- Whether or not seat belts are worn and the correct child restraints used
- Correct maintenance of vehicles
- Distractions whilst driving
- Use of mobile phones
Road traffic accidents can happen at any time to anyone, even pedestrians, so maybe you or someone you know have been involved in road traffic accidents in the past three years and feel it was not your fault. You could be entitled to claim back some of the losses you incurred. If the accident was not your fault and you had to receive medical treatment you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
To claim for personal injuries caused by car accident negligence in Bristol
You can contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We are here to help. We have over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims. Our phone lines have a team of friendly and knowledgeable advisors who can discuss your claim and help you to get the compensation you deserve. By calling the helpline number you will be under no obligation to proceed with a claim if you do not want to. Most claims can be done over the phone, so you do not usually have to attend court, but you could be asked to have an independent medical assessment.