Despite all the safety improvements that have been introduced statistics for car accidents in the UK still show that thousands of people are hurt every year. If you are one of these people and you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault on a road in the UK you probably have lots of questions. Compensation and advice providers like Accident Advice Helpline deal with thousands of questions from people just like yourself every year.
Car accidents in the UK – FAQs
“I was wearing a seatbelt so how come I still got hurt?”
Most people who ring Accident Advice Helpline on their 24/7 hotline were wearing seatbelts at the time of their car accident. It is law in the UK for the driver and all the passengers to wear one. They work by making the occupants of the car slow down more gradually and so reduce the injuries. The alternative is hitting the dashboard, the steering wheel or the windscreen and this generally causes worse injuries. The rear seat passengers could fly forward and hurt both themselves and the people in the front of the car! However, seatbelts cannot completely protect you from injury because the forces involved in a car crash are so great. When the friendly professional advisors talk you through the unique 30 second test you can give details of the accident and the injuries that you have suffered. It will give you an idea of how much compensation you would get if you decided to make a claim.
“I’ve only got whiplash, is it worth the legal fees?”
Accident Advice Helpline is fully endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen. They have an ideal fee system for the consumer – that’s you! It is called a no win no fee* system. You will be allocated one of the 200 solicitors and will not have to pay any upfront legal fees.
“Does the car accident claims process involve loads of court appearances?”
No, most car accident claims are dealt with over the telephone and very few end up in court. This means that you avoid lots of legal appointments. You may need to attend one medical assessment with a local medical expert.
“My car accident claim is for a broken wrist, how much money will I get?”
Broken wrists are very variable. Some are only in plaster for a few weeks and some for longer. Some bones have to be re-aligned in the Accident and Emergency Department whilst others require a general anaesthetic and even plates and screws to keep them in place. Some people can start using their wrist as soon as it comes out of plaster and others need a course of physiotherapy treatment to get it moving again. Of course, all car accidents are different as well. So, it is not possible to guarantee the exact amount of compensation that will be paid until after the claim is settled. Some claims also take longer than others to sort out.
Date Published: 7th February 2013