Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, and perhaps even more so if the accident wasn’t your fault. There are many things that you can claim car crash compensation for, from whiplash to broken bones and more serious injuries. If you are unsure of whether or not you have a claim, Accident Advice Helpline has a 24-hour advice line and can provide comprehensive advice on your claim.
Whiplash is one of the most common car crash compensation claims which are made. When travelling in a vehicle, the seatbelt is specially designed to prevent your body from moving forward but it does not prevent your head and neck from doing so. During a car accident, your head may jolt forward, thus causing whiplash. It depends upon the severity and pain levels as to the amount of car crash compensation that you can claim.
Car crash compensation – what can you claim?
If you are involved in a car accident, your car crash compensation claim will be made up of several elements. The claim will consider any costs incurred to have your vehicle repaired or if the vehicle was beyond repair you will be able to claim for the estimated cost based on mileage and condition.
If you have had to hire a vehicle whilst your own was either repaired or replaced, then you can also claim the costs incurred from having to pay for a hire vehicle. If your vehicle cannot be repaired, you can recoup a daily sum for not having a vehicle. If you have entered into a credit agreement to purchase your car, you can claim this as part of your compensation. Sometimes your vehicle may need to be towed away from the scene of the accident and you will be liable to pay for this. Keep any receipts from the tow company and you will be able to add this into your car crash compensation claim.
If your vehicle needs to be stored somewhere before it is repaired, you may have to pay costs for doing so. Provided that the cost of storage is a reasonable amount, you can also recoup this money. You can also claim for fuel which was in your tank at the time of the incident if your car cannot be repaired and has been written off.
Travel expenses can also be claimed as part of your car accident compensation if you are having to use the bus or the train to commute to work, fetch children from school or attend appointments.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim
Another element which makes up your car accident compensation claim is that of medical costs sustained as a result of your injuries. In all instances, you will need to provide Accident Advice Helpline with all relevant paperwork and receipts, so our solicitors can properly assess the merit of your case.
Get in touch now to chat about your claim. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 16th October 2012
Author: David Brown