Do you get compensation for road traffic accidents?
One of the common questions on our helpline is “do you get compensation for road traffic accidents?”
Our roads are becoming more congested each year. There is some evidence that our major roads are reasonably safe and becoming more so for motorists. Our motorways are generally very safe indeed, although a motorway accident will naturally be at high speed and can therefore, be immediately devastating.
The untold story
But the untold story is the devastation caused to thousands each year by low speed impacts, which often causes neck and spine injuries lasting many years. Our cities have more traffic and congestion than ever before, which is resulting in hundreds of small collisions every day. When we are asked “do you get compensation for road traffic accidents”, we are usually being asked about these low speed collisions.
The frequency of low speed urban road traffic accidents is truly alarming. Think about how many times you have seen one car jolt another at a red traffic light. Or how many times a car has clipped another on a roundabout. These low speed accidents have the capacity to cause serious damage despite their low speed. This is partly because our cars are built to absorb high speed shock and withstand serious collisions. In a low speed accident, it is our own bodies that absorb the impact. Given that our trunk or torso is held firm by a seatbelt, our necks, heads and spines usually suffer the most damage, in the form of spinal injuries, whiplash or soft tissue trauma.
So do you get compensation for road traffic accidents?
Well, we would answer yes to the following, slightly different question – “do you get compensation for road traffic injuries?”
Compensation is available to recompense you for injuries you have suffered in an accident caused by someone else. Why should you suffer financial loss, pain and distress just because someone else was not taking care? Even the car insurance industry recognises that you are entitled to compensation and justice. This is why one of their first questions when you get in touch following an accident asks you about who was injured. But insurance companies are going to be more interested in limiting the damage to their bottom line than limiting the damage to you and your health. They employ entire teams of people to make sure that your compensation payout is as low as possible,
That means that you need experts on your side. You need someone to stand up to the insurance company and make sure you get every penny you deserve. We can do this for you. We can provide you with the best specialist solicitor in your area and a 24 helpline 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. We can make sure that your case is handled by a friendly, professional advisor who will handle all of your paperwork and appointments on your behalf. We can make sure that you are the winner, not the victim, at the end of your compensation case.
Date Published: 4th August 2013
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims