Do you need to make a ‘no win, no fee’ Ayr claim after being hurt whilst driving in Europe?
If you have a valid driving licence and can drive legally in the United Kingdom, you may be permitted to drive in other countries without obtaining additional licences or undertaking further tests. If, for example, you work abroad or are taking a holiday, you may want to hire a car or vehicle whilst abroad. Once you’ve provided proof that you have a licence and have taken out the relevant insurances, you should be permitted to drive.
Of course, driving in another country may not be as simple as driving in your home country. Whilst you may be used to the traffic systems and Highway Code in the United Kingdom, you may be unfamiliar with how other country’s road systems operate. For example, drivers in the United Kingdom tend to try and pull over in a safe place if they hear or see an emergency vehicle coming. In some cases, vehicles may even pull across junctions in order to let emergency vehicles pass. However, some other countries require vehicles to simply stop wherever they are in order to allow an emergency vehicle to navigate past them. A lack of local knowledge could clearly end up causing an accident in these types of situations.
One of the biggest concerns for drivers who are driving abroad is remembering to drive on the correct side of the road. Whilst we drive on the left side of the road in the United Kingdom, many other countries drive on the right and it’s essential that you remember this when driving a vehicle abroad. Obviously, if people do forget, it is likely to cause a serious road traffic accident.
However, if you’re involved in a road traffic accident whilst abroad, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it was your fault. If you were driving safely and following the local road rules, it’s quite possible that the incident could have been caused by another driver.
If another driver or road user does cause you to suffer an accident whilst you’re abroad, you may be eligible to make a ‘no win, no fee’ Ayr compensation claim against them and you could obtain compensation for any injuries you’ve sustained. Whilst you may need to claim on your car insurance for any damage to the vehicle, you would need to make a ‘no win, no fee’ Ayr claim for any injuries you’ve sustained.
If you are considering making a ‘no win, no fee’ Ayr compensation claim, why not contact Accident Advice Helpline in order to discuss your options? We often help new claimants to make a ‘no win, no fee’ Ayr claim and we may well be able to help you too. Just call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile to find out more or to make your ‘no win, no fee’ Ayr claim today.
Date Published: 3rd December 2014