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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Car crash claims

    Have you been the victim of a car crash?

    When you’ve suffered injuries caused by a car crash it’s difficult to know what to do next. It’s unfair that you’ve been put in this position and when you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you’ll likely be entitled to compensation. It’s your right to fight for justice and at Accident Advice Helpline we’ll give you a helping hand. If you’re worried because you have no idea where to start, don’t fret. Here are some handy tips when it comes to car crash claims.

    What you need to do

    Wondering what to do after a car crash is absolutely normal. You’ve just had a major shock to the system so claiming for car crash injury compensation isn’t going to be high on your list of priorities. However, the sooner you make a claim, the better. Not only because the details will be fresh in your memory but also because your claim could tremendously help your recovery. If you’re wondering what the common causes of a car crash are or if you’re entitled to make a claim, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident, as there is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim. If you wait around for too long, then you may find you’re no longer eligible to claim the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and loss of earnings.

    Common car crash claims

    There are some types of car crash claims and injuries which are more common than others. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people to claim compensation since 2000, and during that time we have come across some types of injuries more often than others. The most common cause of a car crash is definitely driver error – this includes things like failing to stop at a red light, speeding, using your mobile phone at the wheel or not paying attention to your surroundings and other road users. If you have sustained any of the following types of injuries then you could contact us to find out more about car crash claims:

    • Whiplash (by far the most common injury sustained in a car crash)
    • Concussion or more serious head and brain injuries
    • Lacerations
    • Burns (if your vehicle catches fire after a serious collision)
    • Broken bones
    • Cuts and bruises
    • Eye injuries (often from broken glass, e.g. a broken windscreen
    • Crush injuries such as broken ribs
    • Facial injuries
    • Loss of teeth
    • Back or spinal injuries

    If you have been injured and you think that the other driver was to blame for your accident, or if you were travelling as a passenger in a vehicle and you think that the person driving you was at fault, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.

    The benefits of making a claim

    When you’ve just been through an ordeal, it’s easy to pass off a claim as just another hassle you don’t need. However, when a claim is successful, there can be so many benefits. Treating injuries from a car crash can have devastating effects and may need prolonged medical care. The cost of both the short and long-term effects of being involved in a car crash can mount up. If you are awarded compensation from your claim, the money you receive can go a long way to easing your financial burden and even treating injuries from a car crash. What sort of things could car crash claims pay compensation for?

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    • Your injuries, including your pain and suffering
    • Any loss of earnings you’ve suffered from time off work after your accident
    • Expenses such as the cost of prescription medication or travel to medical appointments
    • The cost of private medical treatment or care you may need now or in the future
    • Future costs such as loss of earnings, or making adaptations to your home if you have been left disabled after your accident

    As you can see, you can claim compensation for a wide variety of different things, and the amount you could receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life.

    What’s the average compensation for car crash claims

    We have lost count of the number of times we have been asked about the average compensation amount for car crash claims. In truth, there is no such thing, as the amount you’ll receive will vary depending on the factors listed above. However, we understand that sometimes you may want an idea of how much compensation you could claim before you decide to go ahead and make a claim. If that is the case then you may want to take a look at our 30-second test. The test won’t take up much of your time – as the name suggests – and you can do it in the comfort of your own home with a cup of tea or coffee in hand.

    It will ask you a few simple questions and then it can tell you if you’re eligible to make a claim and give you a rough estimate of the amount of compensation you may receive. Remember that this is just an estimate and the actual figure for your personal injury settlement can vary – the only way to get an exact figure is to get in touch with us and go ahead with a personal injury claim after your accident.

    When you’re ready to find out more

    If you’d like to find out more about starting your claim with us today, we can provide you with free initial advice without any obligation for you to go ahead. You do not have to worry about the cost of claiming for a car crash, our professional and experienced advisors can get your claim started on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis – so there are no upfront legal fees to worry about to make a claim. We’ll do everything within our power to get you the compensation you deserve, so why not give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: 29th September 2013

    Author: Jan Newell

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