Common driving accidents: FAQs
For over ten years Accident Advice Helpline have successfully brought compensation to thousands of victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, many of whom have been innocent victims of common driving accidents. Here are some of the most frequently-asked questions in this area:
Q: What are the most common causes of driving accidents?
A: According to RoSPA, these common themes are the cause of most driving accidents:
- Careless Driving
More than 300 deaths a year involve someone being “careless, reckless or in a hurry”, and a further 125 involve “aggressive driving”.
- Drink Driving
Every year around 250 people die in crashes in which someone was over the legal drink-drive limit.
- Failure to Look Properly
40% of crashes on the road involve someone who “failed to look properly”.
Over 400 people are killed every year in crashes involving young car drivers aged 17 to 24 years.
- Loss of Control
One third of fatal crashes involved ‘loss of control’ of a vehicle.
Almost 430 people a year are killed in crashes in which someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the road or weather conditions.
Q: Can victims of common driving accidents claim compensation?
A: Yes. If you have been hurt in a road traffic incident which was not your fault (includes driving accidents and incidents which resulted in injury to yourself as a passenger or bystander) and it happened within the last three years, then it is likely that you will be entitled to financial compensation.
Q: How much compensation can victims of driving accidents expect to receive?
A: As every claimant’s case is reviewed on an individual basis, it is difficult to give definitive information as to the amount of compensation victims of driving accidents may expect to receive. Factors such as loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses to and from medical appointments and the cost of essential services which you now require as a result of living with any disabilities caused by the accident will be taken into account and reflected in the financial outcome of your compensation claim.
Q: Can you give me a rough idea of compensation amounts I might receive?
A: Because we know from experience that weighing up the potential financial reward of compensation with the perceived stress and inconvenience of pursuing a claim is an important process, at Accident Advice Helpline we have developed a unique 30-second compensation calculator. Try it for an instant estimate of how much money you could receive.
Q: How can Accident Advice Helpline help victims of common driving accidents?
A: Our aim is to take the stress and worry out of the compensation claim process and support you every step of the way. Our friendly advisers are on hand on 0800 180 4123 to answer any initial questions you have and find a specialist lawyer who will achieve the best possible financial result for you. You won’t have to fill in endless forms and will probably not have to attend court. You certainly won’t have to pay a penny up front, as we work on a strictly ‘no win, no fee’ basis.