If somebody you love has been killed in a road accident, it affects the whole family. Not only is it a difficult time emotionally, but you can also find your family’s finances are affected, particularly if the person who has been killed was the main earner. Nobody likes to think about who was at fault for an accident or whether there is anything they could do after the accident has happened, but the truth is that making a compensation claim for fatal road accidents could be in your best interests. You could find that you’re entitled to personal injury compensation that could help your family out financially, which can help you to move forwards after the accident.
What causes fatal road accidents?
By far the most common cause of fatal road accidents is driver error. This combined with speeding (especially when weather conditions are poor) can easily cause an accident that could lead to a fatality. Stopping distances are 10 times longer when roads are covered in ice or snow, which means that travelling over the speed limit could have much more serious consequences if you are involved in a collision. Driver error can include things like speeding, failing to stop at traffic lights, failing to obey road signs (such as a give way sign) or being distracted at the wheel, for example by eating or by your mobile phone. If another driver caused an accident which led to a fatality, they could be held liable for the accident and ordered to pay the injured party’s family compensation.
Who is responsible for your accident?
If an accident results in a fatality then the police will attend to determine who caused the accident and the driver responsible may be subject to criminal proceedings. If you decide to make a personal injury claim, their insurer will normally pay out in the event that your claim is successful, so nobody will be left out of pocket. Even if you are unsure who is to blame for your accident, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 16 years’ experience handling these types of personal injury claims, so we will make sure you get the right advice and support to help you decide whether or not to proceed with a claim. Call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to find out how we can help you.
Date Published: 19th April 2017
Author: Jan Newell